Why The Heck Do We Call It a Love Triangle?

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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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  1. 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?

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


  2. 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 =-.

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

  4. Actually, the classic love triangle DOES involve three way action. In Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, there are three characters, and each is attracted to the one who is not attracted to him or her. Perfect triangle. In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helena is attracted to Demetrius, who wants to marry Hermia, who is in love with Lysander. The triangle is therefor supplied by a fourth party. This isn’t unusual, either. You’re looking too much at modern fiction and not enough at classic literature.

    1. @Deena Mauldin, In a book I read recently there’s an actual love triangle (cause poly/bi people exist): The mc likes two boys (again, a surprisingly sensitive bad boy and old friend good boy), but there are two differences:
      #1: The mc doesn’t need to choose. She likes them both.
      And #2: her two suitors also happen to be crushing on each other, while liking the mc.

      Basically it’s just a huge, wonderful mess of lgbtq+ chaos.

  5. I want to make sure I get this right. Does it matter if the triangle is scalene? What about acute angles?

    Then again, I might be overanalyzing the love triangle thing. After all, I am pretty obtuse.

    .-= @jmartinlibrary´s last blog ..D is for Didactic =-.

    1. @@jmartinlibrary, haha you definitely win nerdiest comment of the day! πŸ™‚

  6. LOL – I came from twitter for the pics…and was *totally* not disappointed. Very nice (and good point, too). ;-P
    .-= Jamie (@JamieDeBree)´s last blog ..Writer, Brand Thyself: Blogging Tip Sheet & Twitter Intro =-.

  7. LOL! You are great with the pictures and such. By the way, my StorySaurus shirt arrived a while back. However, THE MAN (Texas Educational Agency), conspires against me. So, I haven’t been able to wear it to school yet. I’m so going to wear it and then send you the picture. Maybe I’ll trick it up with graphics, too
    .-= Aimee Bartis´s last blog ..Lisa Schroeder =-.

    1. @Aimee Bartis, You tell the MAN I said the storysaurus shirt needs to be worn as a teaching aid!!!

      1. @Jamie, that’s the point…no teaching aids during TAKS test. And lately TAKS = jeans. StorySaurus needs jeans…khakis distract from his awesomeness
        .-= Aimee Bartis´s last blog ..Lisa Schroeder =-.

      2. @Aimee Bartis, ugh I hate TAKS monitoring. It’s the LONGEST days in the WORLD!!!

  8. Your dedication to MSPaint is, um… well, it’s there. And that’s something.

    But, in all seriousness, I am now desperate to write a book where the Good Guy and Bad Boy fall in love with each other and pitch the heroine for awesome hot-boy makeout sessions.

    There has to be a market for this. THERE JUST HAS TO BE!!
    .-= HWPetty´s last blog ..Are you looking for a role-model? =-.

    1. @HWPetty, I can’t tell you how much I love MS paint…

      and, am I crazy for TOTALLY wanting to read that book?!?!?

      1. @Jamie, Um… well… How about this: Once it is an international best seller, I’ll buy you a copy of Adobe Illustrator!! (And send you somewhere exotic for classes.)
        .-= HWPetty´s last blog ..Are you looking for a role-model? =-.

      2. @HWPetty, haha it’s a DEAL.

        I am definitely going to need those classes though… and I sure hope there’s a doodle feature πŸ™‚

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