I Don't Like
When the main character doesn't decide between two love interests until the last 1/4 of the final book in a series.
As discussed previously, this is known as a LOVE TRIANGLE OF DOOM (click the link for all my reasons for disliking the LT0D). I cannot believe I stuck with these series until the very end. This is also one of the reasons I'm avoiding triangles indefinitely. When this happens, there is no opportunity to enjoy the couple, and I'm generally so frustrated by the heroine by the end that it's ruined the entire reading experience for me.
Never again, I say!
Never again, I say!
Does this bug you too?
What's something you dislike about love triangles?
I have when this happens close to the ended of the final book of series. I don't mind if the main character has really chosen till the final book as long as it is still earlier enough in the book to watch the relationship develop.ReplyDelete
I don't mind love triangles when it is written well, and when only the two guys like her but the girl doesn't really like either of them yet. When it's like that, I don't really mind them, in fact, I'd love the last aspect the most as it means there are a lot of room for shipping both sides. BUT, when the girl loves the other guy, but also kinda loves the other guy, that's where I draw the line because ughhhh just choose already girlie! And like Carissa, I don't mind it if she has chosen til the final book as long as it's clear from the very start who she really wants.ReplyDelete
Faye at The Social Potato
UGH! YESSS. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 You are amazing. And my god. This bothers me SO MUCH in books. Which is why I'm not reading about love triangles anymore. Well. For the most part. I just can't. I NEED to see my couple being happy and in love. And as you mention, that does not happen in books like that.. which is so so annoying. Sigh. Amazing post Lauren. <3ReplyDelete
Love triangle or not, it's one of my biggest pet peeves when get absolutely zero "couple-y" time with the hero and heroine. I want to see them together! No doubt this would be worst in a trilogy because that's THREE books without them being officially together. I can only think of one series I've read that has this - Hunger Games - but I was so not into either romance, so it wasn't a huge deal. But I know I would be super annoyed with the heroine, and that does not make a good reading experience for me. I don't want to see her fall in love with two different guys! That's not romance, to me.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing, L!
Love triangles of doom are the absolute worst. I completely agree. It's very low of a character (and an author) if she's unable to choose who she wants to end up with. It's like she's stringing along both guys and I usually am unable to connect emotionally to the book or the characters.ReplyDelete
Sometimes it happens at the very, very end too. Like in the last chapter >.< I just don't approve. And yep! It does bother me. Especially if it's my team the MC chose as one's endgame. I want to see them cuddle and look into each other's eyes and kiss and all the wonderful things :(ReplyDelete
Ughh, it's annoying enough having a darn love triangle...but a mc who doesn't decided until the end?! Man, that is annoying! >_< Luckily I haven't experience this before.ReplyDelete
HA, this is the WORST. It happened with Twilight and with The Infernal Devices (though that epilogue was another kind of messed up altogether -.- ) and I can't stand it. It really IS the love triangle of doom. Doom, destruction, you name it. *sigh* Not for me, that's for sure.ReplyDelete
I agree with Danielle -- even if there's not a love triangle, it's weird when the couple gets together and then -- bam! -- the book is over. I think that the reader should get at least a 2:1 ratio of suffering and angst to romance and happiness...ReplyDelete
Jen @ YA Romantics
Honestly, this doesn't even have to be in relation to a love triangle...I hate when the couple doesn't get any togetherness time until the very end of the book, period. But I suppose it is worst when a love triangle is involved because you've been waiting and waiting for a decision to be made. At least the other way, you're pretty certain it's going to happen, you just get no time with the characters either way. Bummer.ReplyDelete
I totally agree, Lauren! I hate it when it isn't resolved until the very last bit. Usually by that time I don't even care anymore because I'm so annoyed with the back and forth. Maybe Someday wasn't resolved until the very end and even then it was still a disaster. Ugh! I agree with Nick's comment above, as well. Even if there is no love triangle I hate it when we have to wait until the very end to see the couple get together and then it's like a kiss and we're done. I want to enjoy happy couple time!ReplyDelete
Btw, did you read Anna and the French Kiss? I read that sometime ago and loved it. I'm not sure I would love it now. I still remember a few scenes that had me soooo ticked off. Anyhow, funny how tastes can change.
AMEN. And I completely agree with Jen, I hate it when couples wait until the VERY LAST SECOND to be together in a series. I like slow burn (LOVE it actually), but I want to enjoy the couple and revel in the aftermath and feel like they DO love being together.ReplyDelete
Agreed, I want to see the couple together. They may have problems, etc. but I want to see them work through things. If the girl waits until the very last second to decide, we miss all of that (and not to mention how annoying that is that she can't make up her mind). ~PamReplyDelete
I feel your pain! I hate when this happens, as it feels like the protagonist has just dragged along two guys because she can't decide. Then so much of the plot hinges on that one decision, and the rest of the story suffers. Definitely frustrating. Great post! :DReplyDelete
Am I allowed to say I dislike everything about love triangles? And the Love Triangle of DOOM- seriously, if you can't make a choice until the last 20 pages, and the person you choose is okay with that, most probably, none of you should be in relationships. :PReplyDelete