Sunday, June 21, 2015

I Hate Love Triangles | YA Talk

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Either you love them or you hate them.
Eventually every reader of YA will come across them. Love triangles seem to be trend that just won't get out of style.

What's a Love Triangle?
Love triangle commonly refers to the situation a protagonist of a novel finds themselves in when two different people are interested in them romantically.

Usually, the protagonist requites their affection or is in the process of learning to love them, hence leaving both love interest in competition with each other.

Some may say "Twilight" started it all, but I think we need to stop blaming Stephenie Meyer for everything that's going wrong in recent YA.

Popular Books about love triangles include
- "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver
- "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare
- "The Selection" by Kiera Cass
- "Shatter Me" by Tahereh Mafi

Books with love triangles usually play with the "bad boy" character and the "guy next door". I've noticed that more often than I'd like to admit, at least one of them is a super problematic villain. Not sure how that makes any guy attractive though.

Here's What Bugs Me

Love triangles in theory are absolutely fine. If you're looking for them. If you love reading about them, great, but I'm just not. The market these days is FLOODED with hidden love triangles. Most of the times you can't even tell from the blurbs whether the books are all about the romance and only feature the actual topic of the book on the side.
which I am absolutely not. Love triangles never have and probably never will be something that I'm personally interested in.

I've encountered it numerous that I've tried to read a book, let's say, about angels descending their heavenly wrath on the Earth, only to find out that the novel is actually about a teenage girl falling in love with an angel and a demon (any relations to existing books are just coincidental).

This has ruined the reading experience for me so many times. Had I gone on looking for a love triangle and a girl stuck between the evil overlord and the brave hero, I would have bought a novel about that.

Every popular YA novel these days features a love triangle.

Realism? What is Realism?

If you'd live in a dystopian society where every day is a struggle for survival, your number one concern would probably not be which one of the super hot two guys you should choose. I mean, these days it's a miracle if you find a guy that's attractive, smart and respects you, let alone two! If you're seventeen, cut the odds in half.

Here's What I Demand!

There should be something like ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) ratings for book romance like:
- N for no romance
- E for established romance
- X for multiple love interests
While I'm at it, there should be a rating for instant love, but I guess we can't have it all at once. I just want to be warned before I get invested in a book and then get drowned in love triangles. I actually did encounter novels with multiple love triangles, god knows why.

Do you like love triangles? 
Which novel do you think has portrayed them the best so far?

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  1. I've always found that they always dumb down female characters when a boy gets involved with her and even dumber when there is a a love triangle. Seriously you have this amazing three dimensional female character who then becomes an idiot for a boy she has been liking for 14.23 seconds. It's unrealistic in an situation, especially a death defying situation! I couldn't agree more with you!

  2. I don't always mind love triangles depending on how it is done. But I love your idea for a rating to warn us!

  3. I think I’d be okay with a love triangle if it’s done well, but most of them aren’t. They’ve always seemed mean to me. Usually, a girl is leading on two guys because she can’t make up her mind. That’s just cruel. I feel bad for the guys.

  4. Yeah thats the worst case scenario. I absolutely despite it whenever characters change everything about them the second they fall in love.

  5. If only there was such a thing... I can't count the times that I've been tempted to quit reading a book when I noticed there's another love interest.

  6. True. I actually can't name a single love triangle that I liked, haha. Yeah!! Nobody ever thinks of the poor guys! Best example is still Twilight, I felt so terrible for Jacob.

  7. I actually don't mind love triangles when they're done well, but so often they just feel like they're thrown in there to keep the main couple apart for a little while - and that just frustrates me. Insta-love on the other hand, I can almost never stand. I definitely want a rating system to warn me about that!! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  8. There are so many books I wouldn't have ever picked up had I known they were about love triangles :/ I really don't understand the purpose of insta-love either, I guess that's a whole topic on its own.


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