I had an idea during my hiatus…and now I’m introducing it to you all! I like posting about writing on here, but previously I’ve either shared updates on my own writing or tips on how to write. But I don’t particularly feel up for that right now, and I do like this idea.
I feel more capable handling this topic. Basically, I’m almost taking this more from a reader’s perspective and I’m going to
roast talk about popular tropes!
I’m going to start with a rather infamous trope – love triangles.
About this trope:
If you’ve been living under a rock, perhaps you don’t know about this trope. It is usually presented in books with a girl who has two boys to chose from. Often there is one person that the author hints will be the final choice. However, sometimes love triangles can have two choices. (think The Hunger Games)
Anyway, most of the time love triangles are met with negativity. Readers likely will get bored, because they’ve seen this trope many, many times before.
So, are love triangles bad?
No! They can be done in an interesting way. I’ve yet to read a book that takes on this trope well, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
I’m going to share a few ways you can spice up love triangles!
One point is not a person
Yeah, so what about instead of a girl choosing between two boys, she’s choosing between a boy and following her dreams? It doesn’t have to be two people.
One person choses to move on
If there was a guy who was debating between me and another girl, honestly I would probably leave the situation. If I’m not the clear choice, why should I stick around for some guy who may or may not pick me? The same thing can happen in fiction. Perhaps one of the people in the triangle decides to move on.
Main character(or any character) dies
There are a few ways you can handle this. If the main character in the love triangle dies, obviously no one gets picked and everyone is sad. You can also chose to kill off one of the points, making the choice obvious for the chooser.
Or, you can even have one character’s love triangle be choosing between a dead love and a living one. (not in a paranormal way, though that would be interesting too) What I mean, is let’s say we have a girl whose boyfriend died. She feels bad moving on because it feels like she’s betraying him, but eventually she finds someone else.(yes, I am thinking of Agents of SHIELD)
Perhaps you have a love triangle where you have a guy who is interested in two girls. Maybe one of the girls isn’t interested in him? This is a little different than one character moving on, seeing as that one would have never been interested.
I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface of this trope. I’m just tired of seeing it presented in the same way all the time. Tell me about some ideas on how to spice up a love triangle in the comments! I’d love for this series to be more of a discussion than just me talking.
Also, please tell me your thoughts on this series! If I get positive feedback, then I will do more! You can also give me ideas for my next trope to discuss!