Love triangles. We all know them. Some of us hate them. But they're unavoidable. YA fiction feeds off of love triangles--honestly, if it weren't for them, half the books that are published today would barely have a plot. They're just an accepted fact. (I'm going to focus mainly on the guy-girl-guy love triangles, because those are the ones I've read the most of.)
I'm not saying I have anything against love triangles, because I don't, as long as it's not just a way to inject unnecessary angst into the story. Most love triangles I've read are well-written, and the girl that is caught in the middle of two suitors usually has a valid reason for wanting both. Those love triangles rock my socks off.
The only problem I have with love triangles is when THE GUY I LIKE DOESN'T WIN.
It rarely ever fails. Maybe I just have terrible taste in men, but whenever there's a love triangle, I am almost always disappointed with the outcome. Through the duration of the entire novel or series, I'm so vehemently rooting for this one guy against all odds, and all the while hoping the other one will go fall in a ditch or something. There are so many signs pointing to the girl and the dude I like ending up together, so I'm pretty hopeful that it's going to happen.
Then comes the deciding moment when she makes her decision of who she will be with... And I'm getting all excited because I'm like "Oh, for sure she is gonna pick this guy, because who the hell wouldn't? Stupid people that's who!" So I'm reading, and finally, the girl makes her choice.....
And she chooses THE ANNOYING DUDE THAT I HATED THE ENTIRE FREAKING NOVEL.
But then I start thinking on the bright side of things. If the girl didn't pick the guy that she should have, then she totally DIDN'T DESERVE HIM!
But still, whenever I think back on these love triangles that ended wrongly for me, I get a little teary-eyed.
Of course, not all of them ended badly. Peeta got Katniss, Dimitri got Rose, and plenty more couples that I shipped ended up together. And when that happens, I'm like this:
What's your opinion on love triangles?