Hey bookworms, I thought it was high time I do another discussion post, and I know love triangles are a subject that has been debated many times before, but recently they have really been annoying me and I wanted to hear everyone else’s thoughts. The main question for this discussion is can love triangles be done well or are they destined to be a tired and overused trope?
There are some very prominent love triangles in YA fiction, from Tessa, Will and Jim in Cassandre Clare’s Clockwork series, to Ron, Hermione and Lavender in Harry Potter to Katniss, Peeta and Gale from the Hunger Games. Chances are you have all read a story where at least one of the characters was involved in a love triangle.
My issue with love triangles is that there is usually one person the main character is clearly supposed to be with and that you are supposed to root for, but we have to suffer through all the drama before the character realizes it too. While we are all screaming at the book for them to finally realize their true feeling, there is so much unnecessary hurt and angst that gets in the way of the plot.
What is almost worse than all of that for me is if the author can’t make up their minds. In the Clockwork series I mentioned above (a prequel series to City of Bones) ***SPOILERS*** though Tessa kind of chooses Will in the end and they get married and live a life together, he eventually dies, and she being immortal lives on. She then reconnects with Jem who also had a brush with immortality, and they start a relationship. Like why did she have to end up with both of them? it felt like such a fan service, and not a decisive ending.
Of course there are some examples where I didn’t mind the love triangle, for example in Red Queen, between Mare, Cal and Maven because the love triangle aspect took a backseat to the plot and there was definitely a design made between the two, so it didn’t drag out unnecessarily.
I want to hear from you guys, are there cases of love triangles done well? or do you think they are a trope that should finally be retired? let me know in the comments!