Appeal of Love Triangles - Comments

  • nishinoya yu.

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    I think love triangles work to add drama/conflict in the story. Back in some of my older fics, I had some love triangles. Like I'd have Person A and B be the main ship and have C be interested in A to have it be conflict in the story. But for me, it was a love triangle but not like the example you have of Edward/Bella/Jacob. For me, it was just put obstacle for Person A and B's slow built relationship. I've noticed sometimes (although maybe it depends on the fandoms I read for lol), I enjoy reading love triangle reader insert fan fiction just because I was never someone that dated and I think it just filled the void a little bit of being desired lol.
    April 18th, 2021 at 09:29pm
  • warmaiden

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    super neat article, even though i hate love triangles. & that's not to say that i always hated them. when i first got into writing as some naive twelve year old who was also a victim of bullying, overall hated by people @ school, & isolated, i wrote thousands of love triangles w/ the main oc based off my personality. so the typical shenanigan of course w/ one boy being a goodie two shoes while the other is your super hot biker bad boy.

    i'll say that drama in the sense of self-writing usually - for me - meant that i was missing something in my life & i filled that void w/ senseless shit that was far from realistic or even something that i could relate to. but it was the high of imagination where i could daydream about that where it's like "yes, i love this."

    come a few years later when im like "-.-" bc #pessimisticvibes & #cynicalviews, i've obviously come to loathe love triangles & avoid anything w/ them in it, but can understand why people are so intrigued by it.
    June 30th, 2016 at 09:47pm
  • HikiiChii

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    Self consciously, I've always been thinking why another love triangle book?!?! And now I get the answer! That is a pretty smart conclusion I mainly think it's just for drama
    August 5th, 2012 at 08:20am
  • NOL668

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    I’m writing a love triangle at the moment. But it’s not so obvious? I have a girl who likes boy1 but boy1 has no interest in her (doesn’t even realize she likes him) meanwhile boy2 who thought he didn’t even like the girl is starting to get to know her and really like her. He also notices that she likes boy1, which is his brother. The pieces will fall together as I finish my story. It’s in space, if that makes it any better. My sci-fi is, “No Ordinary Life” (still working on a better title name). And if you think human/alien dating isn’t right… well.. think Dr. Who. Who doesn’t want David Tennant? (Or Matt Smith.. or the other dudes.)
    July 9th, 2012 at 12:23am
  • LookingForSophie

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    I agree! I like the idea of there being someone to fall back on. I noticed that the two characters are normally polar opposites such as Damon and Stefan or Edward and Jacob. One is the brooding and dangerous type, one for an adventure and the other is sweet and kind and dependable. I personally prefer the dangerous and adventurous type, but there are plenty of girls who like the opposite and that's why love triangles are so clever. They have something for everyone.

    It's also where I think the Hunger Games differs from the conventional love triangle. It isn't really clear cut who is the dangerous or adventurous one and who is the dependable one because both Peeta and Gale have elements of both, which I think made for a great triangle. More realistic as well! (More of a Gale fan myself!) but it just wasn't clear cut good and evil type thing.

    I loved you article though, it really got me thinking and it was very well written.
    July 7th, 2012 at 04:50am
  • orange county.

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    This was a great article; it was so true. And it's not just in literature, One Tree Hill had a love triangle lasting about four seasons and (though others would disagree) it had me hooked. Watching your favourite compete, and getting behind them, makes you feel more like you're part of the story and it gives you something to discuss with others.
    July 6th, 2012 at 02:26am
  • solo sunrise

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    Very good article. I could never figure out why everyone liked love triangles so much. Each to their own, I guess. This article cleared it up a little for me.
    July 6th, 2012 at 01:00am
  • katze

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    Not everyone writes fan-fiction.
    July 5th, 2012 at 11:37pm
  • Albluerose

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    I for one enjoy love triangles in a story, Its different and fun. It gets you thinking and also helped the writer with your opinion. I am and writing a Stiles/Derek/OC love triangle. Angel loves them and they love her.You made a very good point with this article.
    July 5th, 2012 at 07:29pm
  • River Young;

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    Ha, this makes so much sense! I never thought of it as a way to pick sides. My own Harry Potter story--I only made it a love triangle because I couldn't decide which man to choose for my main character.

    I never considered the dimension that a love triangle could create for a story. Love the article!
    July 5th, 2012 at 03:18pm
  • amaranthine.

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    I think this is a good point - that all readers like to pick a side. It sort of makes the story feel more...real, I think, because then you get people arguing that their favourite character is better than the other character.

    I also think love triangles are often used to add another dimension to the story. They're often used as a sub-plot - like in The Hunger Games, where the main plot is whether Katniss is going to survive the Games, and then whether they're going to have a revolution, but the sub-plot is the love triangle with Peeta and Gale. I guess this could be another reason why they're popular - they add another layer to the story's plot.
    July 5th, 2012 at 11:12am
  • second-hand smoke

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    I loved your article. I never thought about love triangles working simply because there's more characters to like in case the reader doesn't like one of them - someone to "fall back on," like you said. Maybe that's why the two men (or women) stuck in love triangles seem to always be polar opposites as far as personality (and sometimes looks) go.

    Just look at Edward and Jacob. Edward, the brooding, over-protective and responsible one. Jacob, the reckless, positive (although brooding at times), and dependable one. I think it all goes back to choosing between good and evil - the ultimate choice that even characters as far back as the Bible had to deal with. Maybe it isn't as obvious as Eve eating that damned piece of fruit, but it's definitely there.

    I always enjoy a good love triangle, because like you touched on, it feels good to pick and side, and read on, hoping your team is the one that wins in the end. Nice work!
    July 5th, 2012 at 10:00am
  • Garideth

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    I never really considered that point of view on the subject, but I definitely see what you're saying. I'm not really a fan of love triangles and actually tend to go for the minor characters rather than the major characters (i. e., Jasper from Twilight, Finnick from Hunger Games, and Alaric from Vampire Diaries). I'm just not really big on the drama that a love triangle brings. However, I do see your point. Maybe now I can think about them in a different way than, "Oh, yay. More drama."
    July 5th, 2012 at 09:04am
  • the redhead's cho

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    I honestly never thought of it all that way, but you make a wonderful point. And a great argument for love triangles. Not that I necessarily agree with the drama of them myself, but the whole pull of the plot and of the idea of the struggle itself is much like any other bit of internal drama that you would have with a character.
    July 5th, 2012 at 08:46am
  • x1x1x1x1x1x11

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    Very true... very true...
    July 5th, 2012 at 07:33am
  • boo;

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    This article is amazing. I liked how you got to the point in everything.
    I'm a fan of love triangles, I've been in a couple and it is just interesting to see it play out.
    Lovely article.
    July 5th, 2012 at 05:58am
  • tiffagold

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    That is so true!!! Team Jacob!!! Team Damon!!! Team Peeta!!! (But I also love Gale :)) I just think he had his turn and now Peeta gets a shot.) Yeah so great article and as a writer fans do drive more towards love triangles because it's exciting and suspenseful. You bite your nails and wonder, "OOOOOHHHH who she gonna choooosseee!!!!" It's adventurous and heart wrenching especially at the end when the final one is chosen and the other is heart broken.
    July 5th, 2012 at 05:32am
  • waves wash

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    You make a good point.
    July 5th, 2012 at 04:51am
  • punk ariel.

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    this is a great article about why people love all the stories with a love triangle <33
    July 5th, 2012 at 04:32am
  • Painted Smiles

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    Wow. I seriously enjoyed this article. Most articles would just go on and on and on. You went straight to the point with characters and examples people can relate to. I personally don't like them cause it just ends up hurting someone. I always end up hating the girl mainly because she played with like two guys at the same time and the fact that she seems to blame others on her magically falling in love with two guys. Or she acts like she didn't break a guys heart just to go with another guy.

    Just saying.
    July 5th, 2012 at 04:23am