Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so I decided that the most appropriate topic for discussion is anything to do with lurve. And since I was asked about this before, might as well answer it now: why do I like ‘love triangle?’
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Love triangle. Ah, the complicated, overly used device in the YA genre…or in any form of entertainment medium. It stirs the drama while fans fight tooth and nail for their ships. It’s simultaneously fun and frustrating.
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I do like love triangle. It’s so fun to ship on a guy, invest an emotion on him, even though I know there’s this risk that it won’t be a happy ending (I prefer two guys and a girl as opposed to two girls and a guy). But I still go for it. The satisfaction I get whenever my ship sails is just so amazing. But I don’t always crave for love triangle especially if the guy #1 is interesting enough for me. But there’s really a time that guy #2 needs to show up and swoop in the girl from the boringness that is guy #1. Scenario numero dos is always the reason why I want another guy to show up. A great example of it is Astley of Need series by Carrie Jones. Astley was introduced in *drum roll please* the sequel, Captivate (yes, he is not in the first nor he was mentioned in the first book). I was utterly disappointed with Nick. I was prepared to categorize the series as ‘meh’ and continue reading as an obligation to finish the series. Lo and behold there’s this new guy, Astley. He’s so kind, so gentle and so understanding. He helped Zara saved her boyfriend even though he was in love with her. And as the series progress I got to understand him more and more. And I just know that Astley and Zara should be together.
There were times when I already liked guy #1 and had prepared to ship him with the girl only to get confused when the author decided to give the spotlight to guy #2. And then I realized that he is far better than guy #1. Now I’m torn between them because I liked them both. So it’s a matter of who is more compatible with the girl. An example is Tucker and Christian from Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand. I liked Tucker for Clara at the beginning. They started with something like love and hate relationship. He teased her a lot; he got in her nerves. But when they started to spend a lot of time, Clara realized her feelings for Tucker. And when I thought Christian was out of the picture BAAAAM!!! Christian came back with his glorious vengeance doing all this swoon-worthy stuff to Clara. It was not only Clara that was so confused with the whole scenario. I’m totally conflicted, too. But the end I still go for Christian because he seemed to be more ideal to be with. So my heart still bleeding because of Boundless. *sobs*
But here’s the thing, there’s one kind of love triangle that I’m totally digging. If I think about it is somewhat cruel because not only the boys are rival, they are…related.
In simple terms, a Love Triangle where two of the parties involved are siblings, who both love (or at least try to “get”) the third party. – Tv Tropes
You can read TV Topes entry for this, you’ll learn a lot. So Sibling Triangle? There are two ships that are involved in a sibling triangle that I am massively attached with. These ships are my two OTP (One True Paring). They are high in my list of ships (and yes, I ship a lot). One is Tod, Nash and Kaylee from Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent. I need to tell you that this series has 7 books. And I was shipping Tod (who is btw a dead guy) with Kaylee. To be perfectly honest, I was just hoping for a miracle (in Tagalog suntok sa buwan). The odds were not truly on his favor. He loved his brother and he knew he cannot give her the future she deserves. So he was silently loving her in the sidelines. But lo and behold the fandom was increasing and more and more people started to ship them together. He was super awesome guy. Tod’s so adorable, funny, sarcastic, and well, he obviously is hot. So, yeah, what’s not to like? And here we thought that Tod will never get his HEA when suddenly things started to work for him. It took five books to get there. And oh man, the waiting and shipping is totally worth it.
The other sibling triangle that I absolutely adore is Adam, Warner and Juliette from Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I think I’ve said my piece here. So I’m not gonna rehash it anymore. Unlike Tod and Nash, Warner didn’t know that he was related to Adam. But just like Tod and Nash, they are in love with the same woman. But the older brother still got the girl. Yes, yes, Tod and Warner is both the older brother.
Sorry for a lot of digressing and not enough valid argument. But I guess, I just like the drama it brings. It makes the dynamic of the romance aspect more interesting to me. I don’t need love triangle in every single book I read. But like I said there are occasion when the plot begs for something like it (or more like me begging for another new guy to join the cast). Sometimes, even there already two of them, I still find them lackluster. Proof? The Selection’s Maxon and Aspen. Two equally boring guys but then again America was so boring, so yeah. My sister said she was hoping for a new guy, like the leader of the rebellion (she has wild imagination). But that will turn to Love Square and in my book that’s already a harem. Haha, but that’s another story for another day.
How about you do you also like love triangle? Are there love triangles that you find effective? How about sharing it with me?