|A diagram of some possible love triangle situations.
The pink “F” represents a female.
The blue “M” represents a make.
A solid line means the two people like each other.
A dotted line means the two like the same person.
Love triangles tend to piss me off. Especially when I feel like they are unnecessary – when they don’t contribute anything to the story except create unneeded drama. (Another time they piss me off is when one of the characters is killed of to “solve” the love triangle. But that’s a topic for another day.) Sometimes I feel like the only reason why they are included is that a lot of best-selling books have love triangles. Maybe some people view them as part of a formula to write a popular YA novel. Truthfully, the main reason why love triangles and I don’t usually agree is that I usually end up rooting for the wrong team. Often, the team I want to end up with the girl (or boy) doesn’t. Even when I think they are perfect for each other. Or at least more perfect than the other person. Even when a lot of other readers feel the same way. Sometimes I can understand why the people end up together, other times I can’t.
That brings me to another reason why I don’t exactly love love triangles. When there is an argument, people pick sides. When there is a love triangle, the same thing happens, except people pick teams. And just like disagreements, love triangles have the power to turn even the best of friends against each other. And start huge arguments…