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The Love, Um- Bow Tie?

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Okay, so you all know how perplexed I am about the love triangle.

(For those of you that don’t want to click, it’s basically that I’m stressed we call it a triangle when it is, in fact, a point.)

So, I got to thinking about it, and there is a way to make a triangle of sorts. In fact, there is a way to make two triangles… a bow tie, if you will.

Here’s the kicker: You need four players instead of just three.

(As always, you can click on the pictures for a bigger version)

Now, in order for the story to work, we need some attraction.

There’s the logical one, and usually where thing start out. The girls are both attracted to the Jock Hottie, and he has eyes for the Popular Girl, but the Geeky Cutie is hopessly in love with the Nerd Chick, and has been for–oh pretty much ever.

That’s a pretty typical start to a young adult story, but then it gets all muddled, and that’s where the fun starts. Jocks start falling for nerds, popular girls see geeks in a whole new light, and that drives the nerdy chick to realize how jealous it makes her–which makes the geek fall for the popular girl.

And we, of course, get the Bow Tie Of Love:

What I love about YA stories is, even looking at this–I have no idea how things are going to end, and that makes me happy. That’s the thing about high school–you never know what hormones are going to make you do or say, and we as writers have to remember that when we’re in our characters heads!

All I really know is, I love a man in a  bow tie…

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