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Why The Heck Do We Call It a Love Triangle?

Okay, so a big part of a lot of novels I read (and write) is the classic love triangle. It’s so fun because there’s automatic conflict and someone ends up having to make a big important choice.

You have three major players in the triangle. Now, I am not saying it’s always the same, but most of the time it’s pretty similar.

(You can enlarge the pictures to read the type.)

That pretty much sets up your classic triangle. The thing about the triangle though, is that it requires a mutual attraction to work. Sort of a give and take if you will.

You see the problem, don’t you? Um… what the heck? There is an obvious problem here. The bad boy and the good guy–yeah, they don’t have a crush on each other. In fact–they probably hate each other. Big time.

This triangle thing doesn’t work at all. Who came up with this crap? Why is this like common literature knowledge? We need a new name, a new system…a new something!

I propose to you the love point. I thought about turning it upside down and calling it the love V, but um–I think that’s something else.

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Trinity

Saturday 14th of July 2018

How about love angle?

Elana Johnson

Sunday 14th of March 2010

You are so right! I've never thought of this before -- but it's true!

Great illustrations, BTW. :) :) .-= Elana Johnson´s last blog ..Poll, Opinion, Whatever =-.

Chantal Kirkland

Thursday 11th of March 2010

Ms. Harrington:

I am writing this letter to inform you of the unfortunate situation your recent 'love triangle' blog has caused. You killed me.

That's all. Thanks for the great visuals--truly original artwork is never appreciated by the masses...right?

Jamie

Thursday 11th of March 2010

@Chantal Kirkland, but but but if I kill you, then who will drive to fort worth with me and buy me starbucks.

Crapola.

Kristie Cook

Thursday 11th of March 2010

Thanks for the laugh this morning. Love your visual aides, especially the comments. I think @Deena is right about the classic triangle. Funny how it's evolved over time...not funny enough for me to look into more, though. So I will adopt the Love Point and say I "knew" Jamie when she first proposed this iconic idea. =) .-= Kristie Cook´s last blog ..Head-Injury Ramblings =-.

Jamie

Thursday 11th of March 2010

@Kristie Cook, haha yeah I think there were more players involved in earlier more complicated versions of the triangle, but now we kind of dumb it down :) .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Why The Heck Do We Call It a Love Triangle? =-.

Ally

Wednesday 10th of March 2010

I have to say, I love your blog aides. They are insanely funny! (and thought provoking - bonus!)

Jamie

Thursday 11th of March 2010

@Ally, hehe thanks! I try, I try. :) .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Why The Heck Do We Call It a Love Triangle? =-.