AND... have you noticed that for the most part these triangles are usually involving one girl and two boys? I've been trying to think of one where there's one boy and two girls. But am having no luck so far.
So what is it about love triangles? Why do they get us all so worked up? I think it's because usually, the decision is not a clear cut one and you feel the character's stress as they try to figure it out. And it's made so much ever harder because there's good (and perhaps bad) for both choices. It makes for much angst and agony, which in turn makes for a fun, readable, story.
Or, if the decision is clear to us the readers, the character is still in a fog and is always making the wrong decision. So we are still in that wonderful agony that we love so much.
In pondering this phenomenon, I decided it was about time for another Top Ten List:
1. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
4. The Moon Below by Barbara Bickmore
5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
6. The story of Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot.... many many authors.
7. The story of Tristan and Isolde... many many authors.
8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
9. Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison
10. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Well, there's more, but I have to end at ten!
What books would YOU put on a list of love triangles? Can you think of any involving one boy and two girls?