I don’t like love triangles. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been in one, but I find it difficult to believe that a character cannot decide between two love interests. I also find it extremely difficult to finish a novel featuring a love triangle.
Yes, I am aware love triangles are all over literature. I’ve heard them described as: complex, dramatic, and wildly unpredictable. The uncertainties and decision-making that plagues characters in these stories often parallel our own circumstances and fears.
Three love triangles that have made impressions on many readers everywhere.
1. Gone with the Wind: Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes.
The relationship between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with The Wind is considered, by some readers and viewers of the adaptation, an epitome of a classic romance. Others, on the other hand, may consider the relationship between O’Hara and Butler a classic example of an abusive relationship (quadrilateral if you count Melanie Hamilton).
2. The Great Gatsby: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan
If there is one literary love affair that could possibly rival O’Hara and Butler’s tumultuous relationship, it just may be that of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. The smitten Mr. Jay Gatsby may be considered the world’s biggest romantic or stalker depending on your take. (This was a required read my Freshman year in High School which is probably the only reason I read the entire novel.)
3. Wuthering Heights: Heathcliff, Catherine, Edgar
In a discussion of love triangles, where would we be without mentioning Wuthering Heights. Like Jay Gatsby, Heathcliff’s obsessive love has a strong hold over him, ultimately driving his over-arching desires throughout the story and proving to have a substantial impact on not only him, but everyone else around him.
Considered a tortured romantic soul, Heathcliff has lived his life deeply in love with his childhood friend Catherine who, to his revulsion, is torn between her shared desire for him and her desires for another. (This novel, also a required read, caused me to have a nightmare.)
2. Gone with the Wind
3. Legends of the Fall
I must confess, I can watch Casablanca. The movie is very political and the love triangle is not at the forefront of the novel.
Are you thinking, "How can she not enjoy a good love triangle?"
Remember, it's all subjective. Read what you love to read!
As for me, if there's going to be romance, let it be between just two people. Then if there's angst, it can be worked out
As all romance readers and writers know. love conquers all!