In honor of Valentine’s Day coming soon, my topic is on love, specifically the love triangle in YA novels. Let it be known, I’m a sucker for a good romance, and even a bigger sucker when I can’t figure out who will the main character will go with in the end.
My favorite love triangle is in Pride and Prejudice (love that book!) where Elizabeth first falls for Wickham, who turns out to be a scoundrel, but this in turns gets Mr. Darcy (swoon) to become jealous and so release the tension. But then, I always thought Elizabeth fell in love with Mr. Darcy on day one. Talk about denial!
Another great love triangle was in Tantalize where Quincie’s love for Keiran is challenged when a new chef comes into town. The ending of this story really threw me for a loop because I wasn’t expecting it. I like surprises.
And then of course there’s the famous Twilight series. The love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob didn’t really start until New Moon came out. Truth: I found this one annoying because I wasn’t totally convinced Bella ever really loved Jacob as deeply as Edward.
So, I’m terribly curious!???? What makes a love triangle work for you? Or what really bugs you?
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