So I’ve recently gone to see the last Hunger Games movie and it got me thinking about the DEATH that is the love triangle. The thing that made me really dislike the books and made me not want to watch (and I still haven’t) the second hunger games movie.
Twilight was the series that ignited my perpetual hatred of the love triangle. I was team Edward all the way.
Come at me Team Jacob!
I’ve always thought that a love triangle is something the author throws in there when they think their story isn’t interesting enough or that publisher or producers make them throw in to reel in the ‘fangirls’. They think that the only way a certain demographic will be interested in their book or film that has an otherwise deep and complicated plot is to chuck in a flimsy love triangle. I personally find it insulting.
The Hunger Games is my strongest form of an argument for this view. I mean look at the plot! The concept is amazing, the distopian society in which it’s set is wonderful, our protagonist is female and strong, the action is deadly, the stakes the highest. What made Collins think it was a good idea to throw in that unnecessary, shallow and wholly not fleshed out love triangle!
Was there a real need for it? No. The initial plot was enough. It just took time away from the actual life and death situations because apparently our interest will wane otherwise. For me it was unnecessary and frankly insulting.
So maybe i’m reading a little too much into it, or maybe i’m taking it a little too personally but it is honestly something that really grinds my gears. A love triangle, no matter how ‘well’ it’s done, will nine times out of ten make me stop reading the book, throw it across the room and bury it in the backyard for good measure.
What are your thoughts on the dreaded love triangle? Love? Hate? Team Edward or team Jacob? Tell me what you think!