I know that some people really like love triangles. I respect that. Obviously, a lot of people really like love triangles since they seem to be so popular. You like them, that's fine. I have no problems with it. But I think I'm always going to hate them.
For one thing, (and this is the totally obvious one) THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. Obviously, there are plenty of books without love triangles. But the majority of YA novels that I happen to come across - say, at my bookstore or when I'm lurking on Goodreads - seem to have love triangles. And I'm sick of it. Maybe I'm just awful at discovering good books. But you have to admit that love triangles are plentiful these days. And yeah, okay, lots of stuff is overdone, and I still love it. But love triangles are almost always the same. No twists. (How would you even put a twist on a love triangle, anyway? O_o It's fairly straight-forward. Girl loves Boy 1. Girl also loves Boy 2. Both Boy 1 and Boy 2 love Girl. Girl cannot choose between Boy 1 and Boy 2.)
Not every teenager girl has two guys she's completely and utterly in love with. Not every teenage girl has two guys that are totally in love with her. I don't think I have ever come across that in real life. That's not to say it doesn't happen, because I'm sure it does, but not nearly as much as books seem to make us believe. It's just so unrealistic.
And another reason? Rarely does the character ever end up with who I like. And okay, maybe to some of you that seems like a stupid reason, and maybe I'm a little bitter, but it's the truth. In fact, I think Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games series was the only love triangle where the character ended up with who I wanted, and let's face it, I hated Katniss anyway. If you ask me, the character usually chooses the worst option.
Another thing is that 90% of the time, they just feel so pointless. They don't add anything to the plot other than a ridiculous amount of angst. And if a girl is going to rely on which guy she loves to choose between good and evil or something, then . . . Stop being such a wussy.
And not only do they feel pointless and plotless to me, I feel like they take up too much of the plot. Love triangles are being constantly focused on. There are so many interesting things - that have nothing to do with a love triangle - that could be put in the place of all this constant focusing on the love triangle. Just take the Twilight series, for instance. Instead of spending all her time thinking about Edward or Jacob, she could have done something . . . well, interesting. Because interesting is pretty much the opposite of Bella. Obviously, there are exceptions to this. Some books have love triangles that balance well with the plot. But I haven't found very many, and until I do, this is going to stay a reason to hate love triangles for me.
And then there's the fact that all the love triangles are one girl in love with two guys. I know there has to be some where there's just one guy and two girls, but I have not come across any. I kind of want to D:
I'm not going to say that if an author writes a love triangle into their book that they're awful writers. There are even some love triangles I've enjoyed. But I just don't see the point in them anymore. They're frustrating and overused and boring. To me. I didn't say they have to be that way to you. I'm more of a fan of the love line with a few bumps - like the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep and the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong. Those relationships where there might be another guy or girl involved, but you totally know it won't stay that way.
Believe me when I say that I have way more reasons than these for hating love triangles. But those are not reasons are not for anyone else to know, because they're all rather rude and involve some bashing. So. >_>