Hunger Games, Twilight, Vampire Diaries and Matched. These are all well loved series that have the “love triangle.” I feel, recently, you’re more likely to see a love triangle in young adult book than just a good old fashion love story. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Hunger Games, but I hate the idea of “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale.” The first thing that happens is the division of the fandom. Then when it is time for the main character to pick his or her partner at the end of the series half the fans are mad or disappointed because their “Team” didn’t win.
The worst thing about the triangle is that it always has the same two contenders. The first guy is the good guy, this guy is stable and his love is unconditional. His downfall is usually the fact that people see him as boring or lacking passion. Personally, I am always on team good guy.
Now enters the bad boy. He is typically (not always) introduced after the good guy. He can be a womanizer early in the series, and will do some horrible things (Damon killing Jeremy in The Vampire Diaries T.V version.) People love the bad boy because they like the idea of him changing for true love.
Ultimately, the author will give a good reason for the main character to pick the right guy, and the fandom will (hopefully) remain loyal. I understand the conflict and story involved with the love triangle, but I am definitely looking forward to taking a break and reading some new series, love triangle free.