OH my youthful days as a tween, a term which wasn't even around when I was 11 and 12. I remember spending my after-school days with my best friend obsessively reading Archie Comics and discussing the latest love triangle details between Betty, Veronica and Archie. As my older self, I wonder if Betty and Veronica should have given up on Archie and looked for other potential boyfriends who were better suited to their personalities. But, I've since realized that even though that's what I had HOPED they would do, in reality the characters have the same set of emotions we all do - Love and Uncertainty. And that's nothing new.
In fact, while sometimes three way love stories drive you mad with anger and annoyance, they consistently make for a really good read! Truthfully, most of the books I have really enjoyed lately are ALL plot lines with love triangles. The sexual tension, the confusion between love and friendship, these are basic human behaviours that live within all of us. Plus, they naturally create a ton of DRAMA. Which is why they make for great books! Heck yes! Take Twilight for example, it's the classic tale of two different yet equally delicious men chasing after one mundane and ordinary girl, and nobody can figure out why. Then there's the Hunger Games, the independent bow-hunting warrior Katniss, oblivious to the affection of her trusted friend and hunting partner Gale, and the man she was forced into the arena with, Peeta Mellark. Personally, I'm partial to the rustic hunting skills and slyness of Gale *swoon* but many of my girlfriends much preferred the caring, tender and thoughtful Peeta. I found what made the Hunger Games love triangle work was the depth of the story that came from Katniss, who was so independent and of her own mind, that through the entire series, she probably couldn't have told you how she felt about either boy's affection.
While some love triangles venture into the bizarre, like The Host. (Alien soul in a human body, in love with her host body's boyfriend - slightly creepy). Others are timeless classics like Little Women, proving that the nature of humans in love, is a very old story to tell.
Any good love triangles I've missed? Because...obviously, I want to read them!
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