So if you’ve been around my blog for any time at all you probably know how much I hate love triangles. I feel like they are unnecessary and unrealistic. Some of my favorite series are ones where the lovers get together early on and stay together; sure there’s drama, but for the most part, they are together for the long haul (see Cat and Bones from The Night Huntress series). That’s not to say that there aren’t some love triangles that I can tolerate, and some that I can even get behind; and I am very aware that there are plenty of people who love a good love triangle. I just happen to not be one of them. Funny enough however, in all of the fiction I’ve written, there has been some sort of love triangle. I think it’s just really easy drama to add in. And a really easy character device to show more of the specific characters involved.
So until I get bored with it, or forget about it, or get too stressed to type up a post, I’ll be discussing my least favorite love triangles that I’ve read. But then, you guys know me, the queen of “I’m starting this great feature” and it only lasts two weeks.
Spoilers, obviously for any series I discuss during the feature, so proceed with caution.
BOOK: The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
TRIANGLE: Maxon. America. Aspen.
Before we get into this, it should be noted that I actually really enjoyed this series (well, not so much The Elite, but I really loved The One).
I LOATHE this triangle. I mean, 100% detest, almost skipped sections of the books because I hated it so much. A lot of this had to do with the fact that America is super whiny and seriously idiotic about meeting Aspen in secret and such.
SHUT UP OLD ROSE. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.
First of all, when you have a two guys, and one of them is obviously more interesting (Maxon) than the other (Aspen), you’ve already lost the battle. And if one is a bad boy, and one of them is good, that makes it even more complicated (just wait till we get to The Vampire Diaries, I have so much to say there). And honestly, I don’t buy that girls really and truly love two vastly different guys at the same time. Like, I feel like the people you are going to be interested are generally a certain type of person. Not that there won’t be differences, obviously, but you’re not going to have all these opposite end of the spectrum relationships that you feel the same way about, especially at the same time. I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t get out enough. It just seems so unrealistic to me.
Anyway, back to America and her beaux.
I’m not a fan of the general premise of this book to begin with. In my hopeless romantic head, Maxon should have fallen in love with America and then stopped fooling around with the other girls. It’s why I hate shows like The Bachelor; it’s 100% disgusting and the complete opposite of romantic that he’s making out with multiple girls every episode. Maxon kept using the excuse that he was just being precautious, since America wouldn’t give him an answer.
Be a man and woo the crap out of her so that she’ll say YES. Show her that she is the only one for you.
And then enter Aspen, Mr. Boring himself. Yes, he and America have a history. But he dropped her at the beginning of the series, and she should have never looked back. And the fact that they were doing such stupid things to see each other had me rolling my eyes throughout all of The Elite. I really and truly found nothing interesting about Aspen. We got way more character development from Maxon.
Thus why I was so thrilled with the ending of The One.
Fortunately, this love triangle ended in my favor, but there are others (I’m looking at you Shatter Me) that I cannot believe the ending. But we’ll get to those later.
Conclusion: Make Aspen more interesting, America less whiny, and Maxon less of a typical guy. Then I might be able to get behind this triangle.