Musing About Things: The Love Triangle


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as A Daily Rhythm‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

Ahoy guys! In honour of Valentine’s day and because I just really like romance, Jackie and I are teaming up and doing romance themed discussions for February! ❤

So today’s topic is: The Love Triangle

Oh hey what, we’re taking about the every popular (to talk about) love triangle? How acute.

Though I (Cyn) feel in most cases it’s more of a love chevron since it’s usually two guys liking a girl and not actually a true love triangle where 1 likes 2 but 2 likes 3 and 3 likes 1 (Trifecta!). But that’s beside the point. We’re going to talk about what we hate and enjoy?? (…okay more like done well-ish enough) about them 3-sided-pointy-shapes of love.



Once upon a time, Love Triangles (LT) were suppose to to keep us on the seat of our pants, keeping us guessing which guy will pull it off in the end and win the heart of heroine! But lately LTs are used to add a dramatic flair for the sake of drama and the problem is they’ve become very cliche. Predictability usually means boring and why waste my time going through all this angst that’s pointless.



Since the epidemic of LT in YA (ie. The Twilight era, The Hunger Game), I’ve been trying super hard to avoid them and 10 gold stars to the authors who don’t feel the need to use LT just to add drama to the story. It seems many authors think this is the only way to do romance now, and it ends up being kind of a hot mess. (Also, rumour has it that Susanne Collins didn’t want to do a love triangle between Katniss/Peeta/Gale – which would totally explain the awkwardness that is that LT. Katniss didn’t really seem to care or need either them really.



(Also, I was team Peeta, ha.)

(Jackie: Yes, team Peeta FTW! Also, Katniss why did you succumb to the LT disease? Why??)

On a more personal level, the thing is, I can’t handle it when I invest in the wrong OTP*, (and I thankfully I don’t usually pick the wrong guy buuuut), it makes very sad and I get super annoyed when my couple are not a thing (cough Throne of Glass cough). /sigh

*OTP = One True Pairing

FYI, probably maybe some spoilers!

Reasons why we hate/enjoy seeing love triangles unfolds:

1. The girl can’t make up her mind about which boy to choose: This is a dislike. Because usually it’s pretty obvious who she should choose. (Alas if she chooses the wrong one it’s too bad we can’t scream at her and tell her no you idiot pick that other guy)
Ex: the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

2. The girl claims that she’s just average and ordinary but then suddenly she is being chased by two hot (and sometimes popular) guys: I guess the issue here lies more with female lead. She’s what we would call a “Mary Sue” –  According to Wikipedia  Mary Sue “is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character, a young or low-rank person who saves the day through unrealistic abilities.” It’s pretty use to get annoyed by a person who’s bemoaning about how crappy they are but in reality everyone loves them but I can’t figure out why people love them…
Ex: Princess Mia and Forever Princess by Meg Cabot

3. The girl only has eyes for a certain guy, but the other guy in the triangle continue to pursue her anyways: This can be endearing and you’d want to root for him, but often times annoying and want to tell him to give up at the same time.
Ex: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) by Mary E. Pearson, Matched by Ally Condie

4. The Evil Guy = the Hot one, the Nice Guy = the Boring one: I don’t usually mind a bad boy with a heart of gold, or the jerky hero who has a change of heart, but when it’s pretty obvious the evil guy is actually not nice a very nice guy  and doesn’t do much to redeem himself, at all but the girl still “can’t decide” between the two, than no.
Ex: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin, Fracture by Megan Miranda

5. The girl always end up choosing the “evil, but hot” one over the “nice, but boring” guy: I really want to read a book with a love triangle where the girl chooses the latter. Not as an alternative like in the manga Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase, but like she choose the nice, boring guy because you know evil and hot is overrated.
Ex: the Airhead series by Meg Cabot (maybe…?)

6. Love triangle done well: when I’m actually truly unsure who they will end up with. Um, yeah that’s about it, not sure if there’s much about love triangles that I like…
Ex. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (from what I remember…)


Are you a fan of love triangles? Or are you getting tried of them?

Do you know have any favourite LT couples? Or a well done LT?

Author: Cyn

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11 Replies to “Musing About Things: The Love Triangle”

  1. Literary Feline says: Reply

    A love triangle is bad enough but when it drags on and on and on and on and on (you get the idea), I am ready to throw in the towel. I don’t think Stephanie Plum has chosen between Ranger or Joe yet in Janet Evanovich’s series, has she? I don’t really know because I got tired of the ongoing LT in the series and haven’t read a book in awhile.

  2. I LOATHE love triangles and it’s pretty much an automatic DNF for me if one shows up in a book I’m reading. It’s a trope that just needs to die :p

  3. Great post. Although really, think of how long love triangles have been around. It hasn’t just started which people seem to think. I mean, my favorite example, Gone with the Wind, Ashley and Rhett! When it is an obvious kind, then yeah, it is annoying. But really, it seems to fit some stories well. And some people think anything that has two boys and a girl in the story is a love triangle and give up before they even give the book a chance. I love this discussion though!

  4. I totally see your point about love triangles, and those things annoy me too, BUT I LOVE love triangles. I can’t help it. I love rooting for one guy (or girl). It makes me completely invested in the story. However, when my guy doesn’t get picked in the end, I get so pissed and just want to throw the book on the floor. But again, because I’m so invested, I don’t mind. It proves to me that it was well-written if I care THAT MUCH. So, yes, I’m a fan. I’m addicted to them. If I read a synopsis and it even hints at a love triangle, I’M IN!!! 🙂

  5. Love triangles are only intriguing when they are unpredictable, with unexpected angles. When they lose us along the way, they are a drag. Like Wendy mentioned, the ongoing inability of Stephanie Plum to choose between Ranger or Joe has left us dropping the series. Flat.

    Thanks for sharing…interesting post!


  6. Sometimes, done right, I can’t help but love that dreaded tension they build. I also can’t stand when they are thrown in with no real buildup (reasoning) and you know that they’re there just to torture you, lol 🙂

  7. I remember my first love triangle in Gone with the Wind…gads! It was so stressful, but now particularly in YA..I pretty much know who will win and it annoys me.

  8. I am trying to think of a book where I really liked a love triangle. And I honestly can’t think of one. I have stayed away from Hunger games. Quite frankly….I hated the whole bella, edward and jacob set up. I think the reason I can’t stand them is I hate the conflict and drama of them. Although I will say historical romance authors are the only ones that can make me like them. I really liked Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath. I liked that one, mostly because it wasn’t exactly a love triangle. We had the main couple that you are for sure knowing they will end up together, but not how until you read it. And since the other guy in the story…well his book is after that one, so you kinda know it won’t be him hehe So I like those twists of love triangles, because its usually the guy I cheer for. Great topic.

  9. I HATE HATE HATE love triangles. Even if that trope hadn’t been overused, I still wouldn’t be a major fan, I mean, what kind of guy (or girl), in real life, would accept to be strung along and treated that way on a regular basis ?

  10. I like a well-executed love triangle, but I’m also very picky about what I consider “well-executed”, and if it doesn’t meet my standards, well, I loathe it. What it essentially boils down to for me is that there have to be good reasons for the characters’ actions, the circumstances that keep two of the three people apart or push two of them closer together mustn’t feel contrived (for instance, Actual Plot Developments are better than transparent misunderstandings), and it should feel integrated into the wider story and not tacked on to add drama. Really, my feelings can be summed in up one word: REASONS. There have to be REASONS for the indecision.

  11. I don’t always mind love triangles, but they do have to be done right. When they’re not, they can be downright painful. And I totally agree with you about wanting the girl to pick the nice guy even if he’s less hot than the “bad boy.” It always makes me crazy when everyone’s swooning over the guy who’s just a plain jerk!

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