Discussion: Throne of Glass romances and love triangles

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Okay, so Christina of Christina Reads YA and I have been having this discussion a lot of over e-mail, and I was super curious to see where the rest of you fans lie.  

If you haven't read Throne of Glass, run away before I spoil anything for you.  

I, for one, am a huge Dorian-Celaena supporter.  Dorian is just my type of guy--quick-witted, fun-loving, but also very kind and honorable.  Chaol I found a little on the dull side, at least in ToG.  But you know, it sucks for him too because clearly he's nursing some secret feelings.  And I can't talk too much more without spoiling Crown of Midnight, but let's just say things are a little crazy for our three lovelies. 

So I'm wondering:  Where do you side?  Why?  Do you ever find yourself being angry at the apex of the love triangle (Celaena, in this case) for inadvertently (or...advertently....that's not a word) pitting two besties against each other?  

What about stories in general?  Do love triangles make it hard for you to get on board with the author's chosen romance?  Or, how about when it goes Twilight style and the girl is bouncing back and forth between two guys fighting over her?  Better or worse?  

Those are my thoughts.  I love Celaena in many ways, but her complicated relationships with Dorian and Chaol make it hard for me to like her sometimes.  Like, I think I have a harder time forgiving breaking someone's heart than murder (in books...don't start flaming me for being a psychopath).  Especially since I've seen that stuff go down in real life and trust me, it's ugly.  So what do you think?  How does it affect your reading experience?  If at all?  


  1. I've just finished Crown of Midnight and I was thinking how much I like this love triangle because I like both guys (one is not annoying or whiny) and Celaena doesn't angst over her decision which I find very annoying in some love triangles. It's sad that Dorian and Chaol are such good friends and love her, but like the King Arthur/Lancelot/Guinevere triangle there is such a poignant tragedy to it that really engages me. I much more torn between who Celeana should choose (I really like both guys!) but I think she picked the right one (if that is her ultimate choice!)

    I haven't seen this in real life though so I think I can take a much more romantic view of it! :)

    1. I think I dislike this love triangle because I like both guys, and am afraid of one getting hurt. :P But when you bring up Arthur, it makes me think about it in a different way. I think what irks me is that Celaena and Chaol don't show the extreme guilt that Guinevere and Lancelot do. I'm hoping to see more of that. You've given me a great new perspective!

  2. This is an example of a well-done love-triangle. I like both guys, but I still prefer Chaol :p