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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Love Triangles, poll. What we learned?

The poll about love triangles in books, has ended and the results are here!!!

The important part is that the difference between those who don’t bother reading about love triangles and those who just had enough, is only 4 votes. I know that it’s only a small sample, but we can learn something from it. And here is what I learned.

I had four answers for you to choose. ‘Love’, ‘don’t bother’, ‘had enough’ and ‘hate’, love triangles. Most of you, voted the averages. What I mean by that, is that the extreme choices got left behind and that’s keep up with reality. There are too many books, loved by readers, and have love triangle in their story. So, it would be a surprise if there were too many votes on the ‘hate’ choice. But the logical question now is, why the ‘love’ one didn’t get the right attention? My answer to this question is, because it became trivial. I am sure that you can count more than five books that have love triangle in them. So, if at first we were surprised or excited reading about something like that, in the process it made us indifferent. And that’s why the ‘don’t bother’ choice, gathered the most votes.

Think about it. We have read about it a lot and in the end, we started not noticing it. That’s why our answer to ‘if we like reading about love triangles or not’, is ‘if the story is good, I don’t mind.’ We just don’t mind anymore. We focus on more important facts than who the protagonist will choose. Of course that’s something that we will keep in mind, but overall we don’t care. Reading a book, is like travelling. We start eager, curious, even excited and when we reach there, we have a little thorn annoying us. And that’s because the travel has just ended. If we enjoyed it, it will be a happy itching, but if we hated it, it will be an annoying pain. Whichever is the case, the result doesn’t matter as much as the read. We enjoyed reading about the protagonist’s adventures and all the hell she/he gone through in order to find peace, that the choice he/she made, is secondary.

For those who ‘just had enough’, I get it. You have read so many books with love triangles that you are bored, even sick with it. I feel you, you want something new, something else for a change. You can’t wrap your mind around the fact that two men may be in love with the same girl and you may wonder why that girl is so important. But what if you paid attention to the love story a little more than it should? What if the love triangle is just a tiny thing among the other important stuff that a book has to tell us? I’m just saying.

I don’t know, these are the thoughts that crossed my mind, regarding the results of that poll. Feel free to share your opinion even if you think I am wrong. :)


  1. When I was younger, I used to hate love triangles, but then changed my mind about them when I saw books that handled them well. So, for me, I don't really love or hate them, since I like to see how a writer executes the trope before judging it. :)

    1. And that's I think is the best. :)
      A trivial story can be extremely different from writer to writer.
      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Sometimes love triangles turn me away from a book, like when I've read summary after summary emphasizing the same thing on Goodreads. There are only two series I've read that have well-written love triangles and sometimes it gets irritating, but the adventure and the struggles of all the characters are enough to make me forget about those annoyances and give it another chance. But I think authors should take it easy on the love triangles in YA.

    1. Yes, it has become very common. It doesn't bother me but sometimes it irritates me a little.
      Thanks for making a comment. :)

  3. Hello, I'm a new follower :)
    This was an interesting poll. I'm definitely on the team that's of the opinion, that as long as the story is good, then I don't mind. The only time I will say that I absolutely hate reading a story with a love triangle, is when there is cheating involved. I simply cannot sympathize with the characters when they are involved in cheating.

    - Camilla

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for following. I followed you too. I'm glad you liked the poll. I love hearing different opinions. :)