Jun 7th

Top Ten Reasons We Like Love Triangles

Posted in Top 10 Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Reasons I like X. We chose love triangles. UH OH! Those are dirty words in the blogging community right now, aren’t they?! Well, Oli and I have a lot of unpopular opinions, so this is nothing new. Part of our aim today is to do a little real talk about love triangles. Maybe we’ll change your mind and maybe we won’t–regardless, there are some things we’d like you all to hear. Most importantly, we want people to stop being afraid to love what they love!

1. Love triangles are real; they actually happen–particularly when people are younger and the world of romance is new to explore. We love seeing love triangles in books because they are a realistic part of life. It’s important to have elements of real life in fiction because it draws us in as readers and helps us relate to a book on a more personal level.

2. Love triangles are immensely satisfying for us. There’s nothing like finding out the main character has two awesome possible love interests instead of just one! The drama that ensues, the deep soul searching, it is all so very fun!

3. Love triangles don’t always have to end in the main character choosing one person over the other. Polyamory is just as viable as an endgame! While this is a subject we could write pages about, we’ll just say that we’d like to see more polyamory in fiction.

4. We worry that too many happily ever afters and stories with one single monogamous relationship throughout the protagonist’s entire life might give some readers the wrong idea or encourage them to make a big mistake. Love triangles show readers that it’s okay to have mixed feelings, need time to decide, not marry the first person you fall in love with, and fall out of love. It’s important to show readers that love can be many things without giving them unreal expectations for their own love lives.

5. Love triangles can also be empowering. You are not fickle (or any of those other more derogatory terms). There’s nothing wrong with having romantic feelings for multiple people.

6. Love triangles can also be important plot devices. When the action gets a little slow the reader can still hold on because they are eager to see how the relationships will turn out.

7. Love triangles can create strong friendships and forever loves. They show that intimate relationships are always fluctuating and developing, and platonic friendships can spring from them as well as strong romantic bonds.

8. It is very important to note that love triangles can also show fluidity of sexuality. They can show readers that love can take many forms as can sexuality. They can be the plot point that lets someone know that they don’t have to hide who they are and who they love, that they are okay and they’re not alone.

Our last two reasons are more of a response to the huge negative outcry against love triangles.

9. When people are so loud and negative about love triangles in a book, it can overshadow the things that make that book excellent. While we understand some people prefer not to read about love triangles, remember that your reviews have an audience and take that into account. You can successfully discuss your displeasure that a love triangle takes place while still highlighting the positive aspects of a book. When you say nothing in your review but “DNF, love triangle” and spread lots of negativity about it on Twitter, it can turn people away who may have loved that book. Reviews greatly affect the success of a book and sometimes an author. We try not to let a personal preference affect the whole of our reviews here at Fangs and Fur. Instead we try to steer books we weren’t fond of towards the audience that will enjoy them.

10. Thank goodness we as humans don’t all love the same things! What a boring world that would be! Our diversity in what we like and dislike is what creates the wide range of subjects in literature today. There is never a reason to look down upon or insult other people’s preferences, as long as they are not problematic. If you like love triangles, cool! So do we! If you don’t, that’s cool too! Just remember to always be respectful to others, regardless of how their preferences differ from yours.

So, do you love them or hate them? Have another reason why we should like love triangles? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Reasons I like X. We chose love triangles. UH OH! Those are dirty words in the blogging community right now, aren’t they?! Well, Oli and I have a lot of unpopular opinions, so this is nothing new. Part of our aim today is to do a little real talk about love triangles. Maybe we’ll change your mind and maybe we won’t–regardless, there are some things we’d like you all to hear. Most importantly, we want people to stop being afraid to love what they love!

1. Love triangles are real; they actually happen–particularly when people are younger and the world of romance is new to explore. We love seeing love triangles in books because they are a realistic part of life. It’s important to have elements of real life in fiction because it draws us in as readers and helps us relate to a book on a more personal level.

2. Love triangles are immensely satisfying for us. There’s nothing like finding out the main character has two awesome possible love interests instead of just one! The drama that ensues, the deep soul searching, it is all so very fun!

3. Love triangles don’t always have to end in the main character choosing one person over the other. Polyamory is just as viable as an endgame! While this is a subject we could write pages about, we’ll just say that we’d like to see more polyamory in fiction.

4. We worry that too many happily ever afters and stories with one single monogamous relationship throughout the protagonist’s entire life might give some readers the wrong idea or encourage them to make a big mistake. Love triangles show readers that it’s okay to have mixed feelings, need time to decide, not marry the first person you fall in love with, and fall out of love. It’s important to show readers that love can be many things without giving them unreal expectations for their own love lives.

5. Love triangles can also be empowering. You are not fickle (or any of those other more derogatory terms). There’s nothing wrong with having romantic feelings for multiple people.

6. Love triangles can also be important plot devices. When the action gets a little slow the reader can still hold on because they are eager to see how the relationships will turn out.

7. Love triangles can create strong friendships and forever loves. They show that intimate relationships are always fluctuating and developing, and platonic friendships can spring from them as well as strong romantic bonds.

8. It is very important to note that love triangles can also show fluidity of sexuality. They can show readers that love can take many forms as can sexuality. They can be the plot point that lets someone know that they don’t have to hide who they are and who they love, that they are okay and they’re not alone.

Our last two reasons are more of a response to the huge negative outcry against love triangles.

9. When people are so loud and negative about love triangles in a book, it can overshadow the things that make that book excellent. While we understand some people prefer not to read about love triangles, remember that your reviews have an audience and take that into account. You can successfully discuss your displeasure that a love triangle takes place while still highlighting the positive aspects of a book. When you say nothing in your review but “DNF, love triangle” and spread lots of negativity about it on Twitter, it can turn people away who may have loved that book. Reviews greatly affect the success of a book and sometimes an author. We try not to let a personal preference affect the whole of our reviews here at Fangs and Fur. Instead we try to steer books we weren’t fond of towards the audience that will enjoy them.

10. Thank goodness we as humans don’t all love the same things! What a boring world that would be! Our diversity in what we like and dislike is what creates the wide range of subjects in literature today. There is never a reason to look down upon or insult other people’s preferences, as long as they are not problematic. If you like love triangles, cool! So do we! If you don’t, that’s cool too! Just remember to always be respectful to others, regardless of how their preferences differ from yours.

So, do you love them or hate them? Have another reason why we should like love triangles? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.

By Kate Woods

4 comments
Top Ten Reasons We Like Love Triangles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *