Who doesn’t love a good love triangle?
From Bella/Jacob/Edward to Elena/Damon/Stefan, the love triangle trope is one of the most hate to love tropes in books, film and TV.
In an article posted on MTV, 11 YA authors dished about their favorite love triangles in books.
Check out a few of them below and check out the rest over on MTV to see if your favorite triangle made the list!
Triangle: Richard Gansey, Blue Sargent, Adam Parrish from “The Raven Cycle”
Who: I.W. Gregorio, “None of the Above”
Why: “What I love so much about this triangle is how fraught it is (I’m not spoiling it to say that Blue Sargent knows that she’ll kill her true love – it’s in the first line of the book!) and how poignantly and honestly it address issues of socioeconomic status & abuse. Add into this a neat LGBT twist (making it a bit of a love parallelogram) further onto the story, and I cannot wait for the next book in this incredible series.”
Triangle: Adam Wilde, Mia Hall, Death from “If I Stay” and “Where She Went”
Who: Trisha Leigh, “The Historians” series
Why: “So, I know this probably a weird choice but Adam and Mia are my favorite YA couple (and Adam is one of my favorite boys). It totally counts as a love triangle because Adam and Mia are in danger of not being together because Mia’s also considering giving up on life after losing her family to tragic accident. There’s love on one side, family and relief on the other, and a heartbreaking choice either way for a girl who has been through too much. And it is perfect. *sigh*”
Triangle: Dorian, Celaena, Chaol, from “Throne of Glass” series
Who: Heather Demetrios, “Exquisite Captive” series
Why: “This is a really hard question because I fall so hard for love triangles. The first that comes to mind is what is actually a love rhombus in Sarah J. Maas’ ’Throne of Glass’ series. I really have no idea who Celaena will end up with when it’s all said and done. What makes this a great device for her novels is that I don’t feel manipulated and there is no clear ’good’ choice. None of these guys are bad, but they all have the capacity to be, so she’s never on solid ground.”
Triangle: Edward, Bella, Jacob, “Twilight” series
Who: Kim Liggett, “Blood and Salt”
Why: “You can’t talk about love triangles in YA without giving props to ’Twilight.’ Say what you will, but Stephanie Meyers killed it with the Bella-Edward-Jacob triangle of angst. It was excruciating…and awesome.”
Triangle: Jack, Avery, Stellan, from “The Conspiracy of Us”
Who: Eric Smith, “Inked”
Why: “If you’re unfamiliar with the novel, it’s a bit of a Young Adult ’Da Vinci Code,’ only infinitely better. Conspiracy theories abound, taking Hall’s bold protagonist, Avery West, across the globe in search of clues to expose a secret that could thrust the world into World War 3. And in the midst of all the thrills and excitement… are two boys, Jack and Stellan. The stakes are incredibly high in this novel, and Avery still finds time to swoon and fret over the boys vying for her affections, and I love that. Avery’s story continues with ’Map of Fates’ next year, and I can’t wait.”
Triangle: Edgar, Cathy, Heathcliff, from “Wuthering Heights”
Who: Gretchen McNeil, “Don’t Get Mad,” series
Why: “Cathy must decide whether to marry for love (her soul mate Heathcliff) or for status (wealthy boy next door Edgar), and the consequences of that choice lead all three of them down a dark road of regret, revenge, and ruination. When I first read this book as a teen, I just gobbled it up!”
Again, if you want to check out the rest, head over to MTV to see who else was on the list!