This is a debate I’ve had many a time. I’ve heard a lot of people—a LOT of people—say that they hate love triangles. To the point of vehement declarations of hate towards one or more of the parties online. Complete strangers get into heated angry debate, and feelings get hurt—which really, is kind of silly, considering that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
But people walk away from all of this saying that they hate love triangles. I’ve heard some say that it’s the oldest trick in the book (which it is, look at some Greek myths!) and that it’s been done to death. Well the fact is, love is the most common story ever told, and since love tends to happen between us messy, complicated humans, love triangles happen. Beyond that, a story needs drama to be a story, and love triangles are nothing but drama.
Personally, I love the triangles. My favorite thing about fiction, crazy as it may sound, is when it rips my heart out of my chest and shreds it into little bitty pieces. This is probably why I always fall for the underdog. For the one who doesn’t even have a chance. For that fatal, unrequited love. Does it hurt? Heck yeah. Is it fair? Not really. But then, neither is life. And that kind of hurt comes off a lot better when it’s in the form of a book you can close at the end, right?
Anyhow, that’s my opinion. What do you think about love triangles? What are some of your favorites?