When I started blogging two years ago, I was firm in my position that I was love triangle neutral. I neither loved nor hated love triangles simply for being love triangles. For me, it all depended on how the love triangle was used in the story and if I thought it was done effectively. I would talk about good triangles and bad triangles, but I remained adamant that a love triangle was simply another tool for a writer to use, and whether they used it well or not determined my final opinion.
However, in the past couple of months, I’ve found my position on love triangles changing. I found that I tend to shy away from books that boast of love triangles. Instead of being neutral, my immediate reaction is “ugh, not again.” I haven’t completely crossed books with love triangles out of my life(I’d lose some of my favorite book that way), but I’ve found that given a choice between books that appeal to me equally in other areas, I’m going to pick up the one without a love triangle first.
It’s possible that I have love triangle burnout. Don’t get me wrong, I think love triangles absolutely can exist in the real world. I don’t think they’re necessarily unrealistic, and I don’t think they’re always a bad thing. But friends, I have love triangle fatigue. I’m tired of all the drama that accompanies them, and so I avoid. I realize that messy relationships are often a part of live, particularly in YA, so I’m not diminishing their place in books at all. I’m just impatient of personally dealing with them.
I have enough trouble relating to people who can’t get their relationship drama together in real life; why would I want to read about it in my fiction? Nothing annoys me more. And I know that’s MY thing, and it’s not a judgement on YA characters(or real people). It’s just not a portion of life that appeals to me to read about when I read for enjoyment. I never want to get to the point where I forget that YA characters are teenagers, and that comes with its own set of figuring life out. For me, though, the easiest way to do that is to shy away from *most* books that contain love triangles. Of course, I’m sure I’ll continue to make exceptions, but more & more lately I’ve disregarded books that boast of love triangles.
LET’S CHAT: Love triangles are always a hot button topic in the book community. Love ’em? Hate ’em? Have your thoughts regarding love triangles ever changed?