Sunday, November 25, 2012

Downright Discussion: Love Triangles

So, I decided to start doing discussions. This is my first one, so I decided I might as well just get the love triangle thing out of the way. I decided I'd post discussions every Sunday.

So, onto the love triangle thing.

Here's my deal with love triangles: they don't bother me. I'm fine with books that have either love triangles or one love interest. Here's the other thing: I actually LOVE love triangles. Does that make any sense? Most people hate love triangles, because they don't like it when their favorite boy or girl doesn't get the main character. I feel like I need someone to root for. It's just part of the whole reading experience for me. I also like getting to know all of the love triangle characters and really deciding which one I'm going to root for. I don't mind who the character ends up with, as long as they have a legitimate reason as to why they chose who they did.

My example for this: The Hunger Games. I was originally rooting for Gale and I felt that he shouldn't have just up and run away like he did. After I thought about it for a while, I decided that Peeta was the right choice, and I now root for Peeta instead of Gale.

My other example is the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. I'm rooting for Ky, but I'm not entirely sure who Cassia is going to end up with because I feel as if Ms. Condie has given each character really good reasons to end up with Cassia.

Anyway, love triangles don't bother me because as I said before, they make the reading experience even better for me. What are your thoughts on love triangles? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

17 comments:

  1. I tend to be anti-love triangle just because sometimes that overwhelms the plot instead of other things happening. If it's a smaller part, like in The Hunger Games, then I can be a huge fan (Team Peeta!)

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  2. I'm a bit hesitant when it comes to love triangles. It seems like just another ingredient to any YA book these days, and I think Twilight just ruined it for me.

    Also, in the Hunger Games, I don't get it. Since the first time I read that book I've felt like it's more about Katniss's journey than those two guys! (And I think I'm the only one who feel that way haha!)

    The love triangle in Matched is another story: that book revolves around Cassia's affection for both Ky and Xander, and though I'm team Ky all the way I'm curious who she ends up with! Need to read it soon!

    Great topic :)

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  3. The only way I like love triangles is if I like both of the characters or if they are done really well like in The Infernal Devices. When love triangles are just there to make the romance more interesting I can't stand them. Most of the time love triangles ruin the book for me because the main character starts to focus everything on who she will pick. But if they are done well I don't mind them.

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  4. I really enjoyed this blog post! :) My answer: I don't mind a well-written love triangle because I enjoy the chance to explore the characters & as you said, root for who I like. However, I really can't stand the love triangles that make the lead look extremely dense because they're going after the jerky character.

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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  5. Love triangles are amazing when they're a) well-written and b) further the story or the main character somehow. Forced love triangles are just wrong. (Re: Gale vs Peeta...GALE GALE GALE. No one gets why he left. :( I'll cuddle him!)

    Very interesting discussion, chica! Keep them up!

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  6. I like love triangles, but they always confuse me, giving me mixed feelings. It was obvious collins changed gale a lot for the last books... I wasn't very pleased with that.

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  7. I agree with you on love triangles—I love them! Even with books that don't really have a love triangle I usually make up my own with a secondary character, because I like having someone to root for.

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  8. Ooh I love discussions :) I actually agree with you an love triangles. I actually think they're realistic because in real life love does overlap. Two guys often like the same girl and vice versa.

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  9. i don't mind love triangles as long as there is a reason for them. a lot of times i feel like the author just throws in another character to create more angst than to actually say anything about the characters. and often, the main character doesn't really choose but a choice is made for them. hunger games is one example. katniss never really has to make a choice. and why are there never triangles with 2 girls and one guy? that never happens in books.

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  10. I LOVE Discussion posts!

    I can't stand love triangles. (Except for a VERY few exceptions, such as that in The Infernal Devices.) Sometimes it's enough to make me stop reading the book. A lot of times they're unrealistic and overshadow the important parts of the plot. 99% of the time, it's obvious who the main character will end up with, so the love triangle just seems like a tacky, quick-and-easy way of adding tension.

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  11. On principle, I LOATHE love triangles. My blog name is actually LOVE IS NOT A TRIANGLE, because of that fact. I don't mind confusion and tension from other directions, but a person being in love with multiple people is completely unrealistic to me. I also can almost always pick who the girl is going to end up with, so the third person just comes across as an annoying fly that won't go AWAY. And I think that many authors do them in second books of trilogies just to keep tension high. When they're introduced like that, I can't stand them.

    However, I do like the Infernal Devices series as well as Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series. Two love triangle books, and I'm not sure who the girl is going to end up with, which is rare for me. I also switched from Gale to Peeta. But thankfully, that series wasn't focused on the triangle. If a series is completely focused on a girl choosing between two guys, I'm not likely to read it.

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  12. I think it depends on the book/series for me. Sometimes they buy me, when there is no other plot, but other times (like in Matched) I don't mind them because they are not the focus. Great post!

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  13. Some I love, and some I hate. It all depends on the characters themselves and what the reasons are behind the triangle. If it is just added gratuitously, then I'm not so keen.

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  15. I like love triangles, but I always pick the "loser". But, it adds a nice angle to the book! I think they're being seriously over done these day's though! But, sometimes a one guy and one girl just working it out, is really refreshing!
    O my word! You have to read Reached! It's fantastic!

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  16. I like love triangles, but I tend to pick the "loser". But, it adds a nice angle to the book! I think they're being seriously over done these day's though! But, sometimes a one guy and one girl just working it out, is really refreshing!
    O my word! You have to read Reached! It's fantastic

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