The famed love triangle can turn people away from a book in an instance. Even the mention of the two words can send people fleeing for the hills…
Personally, I don’t mind them all that much when they’re done right. But what makes them so horrific?
The cliché? The unnecessary angst? The silly indecisive protagonist that usually accompanies it?
There seem to be soooo many reasonings behind why love triangles are the death of a book.
However two of the biggest supernatural shows contain love triangles. Admittedly I am an addict of one.
Have you guessed what they are? I’ll give you a little clue. Fangs.
The Vampire Diaries and True Blood.
So what makes these so immensely successful if people hate them so much?
The fact that most adults in Western Society claimed to have been involved in a love triangle? Quite a surprising figure really. Does it mean we can relate to them? Or is it that human nature is tempted by something we can’t have? Will we always want that one thing that continues to elude us so?
Not only do we have two highly successful TV shows, we also have two HUGE film series. Oddly, these are both from the young-adult genre that contain love triangles.
Clues: Sparkling. Death. Bow and Arrow.
The Hunger Games and Twilight.
In some ways, I don’t think you ladies can deny that you wouldn’t want two hot men chasing after you. However it seems that YA heroines are increasingly having the need to have not one, but two men chasing after them to raise their self-esteem and give them character. Oddly I thought that books should be encouraging good self images and acceptance without the need for men in YA heroines particularly when women authors are writing this.
Now that’s not to say, every YA book or book that contains a love triangle is terrible. The Hunger Games, Everneath, The Vampire Diaries are a few from the top of my head that I’ve enjoyed despite the love triangle. However I don’t think it needs to be a requirement, especially if its trying to keep the audience interested.
On the other hand, one of the most famous writers of all time had a love triangle in his works. Shakespeare. Anybody familiar with Romeo and Juliet? Well remember Paris? The third element of the love triangle…
See, it seems that love triangles have been an inherent part of the literature culture since the 1600s. Somehow I don’t think we are about to escape it any time soon. However I don’t think this means we should stand idly by and let the bad ones pass through.
What do you think?