Love triangles: the ‘right’ guy vs the ‘wrong’ guy
Now I get really annoyed with the predominance of love triangles in books (it is especially prevalent in YA). I find this trope to be one that has too much focus and often overshadows the plot. How many conversations about your favourite books are actually about who prefers which potential love interest? Why this one or that one would be right for the heroine? Which one would you date in real life? Etc. Etc.
It is a bit wearying but…that is not to say I do not sometimes get caught up in the resulting ‘shipper’ wars. As much as I sometimes feel I am too old to be so concerned over a book character’s love life, I cannot help but choose a side (or team) and stick to it (or him!). Here are some examples where I feel the right guy won (may be spoilers but I have greyed these out for those who haven’t read the books). This is only my humble opinion of course!
5 Books with love triangles where the right guy won:
The Artists Trilogy by Karina Halle
Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
This may come as a surprise since I certainly prefer Adrian as a character over Dimitri – just not with Rose!
Funnily enough, I usually tend to favour the guy who becomes the eventual winner (excuse the expression – don’t mean to make the female protagonist sound like some ‘prize’ to be won) but there are the odd occasions where I vastly prefer the other guy. Here are some example – again, this is only my opinion!
5 Books with love triangles where I wish the other guy had won:
Shifters series by Rachel Vincent
Hated Marc with a passion (to be fair I wasn’t a fan of Faythe either so maybe Jace is better off alone).
Daughters of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
I prefer Simon over Red – don’t hurt me!! There’s nothing wrong with Red, as a character I quite like him actually, but I just preferred Simon and thought it would have been a nice symmetry to bring it back to him.
The Grisha series by Leigh Badugo
I know this series isn’t over yet so things could change but I prefer the Darkling – sorry Mal (except I’m not sorry but you suck!!)
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
I wasn’t the only one who thought Agent Barclay was a better match for Janelle was I? I didn’t like her much in the first book but did a complete 180 on her in the sequel (and thought there was something there between her and that shift agent).
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
I didn’t really buy Bitterblue and Saf – come on Giddon was way better. Could still happen right? The ending was left open…
Have there been any books where you felt the right guy ended up with the girl or alternatively you prefered the other guy?