20.7.15

Book Sins: The second deadly sin, Love triangle cop-outs

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Midway on the journey of its life, Sarcasm & Lemons found itself within a bookshelf dark, for the literary path had been lost... 

Therefore, I think and judge it for thy best thou follow me, C.J., and I will be thy guide and lead thee hence through the underworld where thou shalt hear the desperate lamentations, shalt see the ancient pages disconsolate, who cry out each one for second printing.  

I take you now through the circles of the underworld to observe the greatest sins committed against books and book-kind.  Today, we arrive at the first circle, wherein lie the scoundrels who have perpetrated the deadly sin of... 


love triangle cop-outs

Today, we investigate the tomes that have wrought romantic horrors of the three-sided variety, and then have completely wussed out of actually dealing with the consequences of their actions and instead make a magical ending where the MC doesn't have to be mean to anyone.   Some spoilers may apply.  


the surprise villain

when you villify one of the love interests to make the readers agree with you, because the MC is never going to choose an evil meaniepants 


 

Remember how Peeta was kind of boring and Gale was smart, caring, dedicated, and had a long history with Katniss?  And then he just happened to make a bomb that just happened to explode Katniss' little sister into dimpled smithereens?  And then it was super easy for Katniss to be like SCREW YOU GALE.  How convenient.  


the bait-and-switch

when you give the unwanted interest a new crush, so your MC can be guiltless when she stomps him beneath her shoe 


 

The biggest offender, of course.  I mean, what better than for the guy to realize he was never freaking in love with the girl all along?  He was actually attracted to her un-conceived fetus.  Duh.  


the disappearing act

maybe the other guy dies.  maybe he leaves the country.  maybe he conveniently forgets his memories of you and regresses to an earlier, more evil version of himself 



So this is actually the TV show and I won't claim to know how it all ends, but even though I love Damon, it's pretty darn convenient that just as he and Elena are getting smoochy, Stefan goes all crazy and runs around as Klaus' evil henchman.   


who the eff cares anymore 

when you let the readers decide, because what's authorial intent anyway? okay, so i've only seen this once... 



If you're unsure who the girl will end up with, just let your fans vote!  Then the majority get their favorite guy and everyone will buy the book because OMG THEY HAVE POWER OVER THE OUTCOME.  Why stop there?  Let's let fans vote on EVERY important turning point in a story!  



What are the worst love triangle endings you've ever come across?  


7 comments:

  1. I love this post -- the White Hot Kiss thing still annoys the crap out of me! I liked the first book but couldn't finish the second book and I think a big part of it was finding out that the series hadn't even been planned enough to know the who the heck the MC would end up with?! In general, I just can't do love triangles anymore!

    As I said last night, Twilight is probably the worst love triangle ending because of that major ick factor

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    1. I'm glad I didn't get into them before that happened. They don't seem like my kind of books anyway, but I'd have been SO angry.

      So much ick. Just thinking about it makes me cringe.

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  2. I LOVE THIS POST! I'm not a big fan of love triangle but they can sometimes work. But if there is a cop out so that the MC doesn't have to decide it's like you wasted three whole book making it overly dramatic for no reason. I think the worst cop out I read recently was in An Ember in the Ashes. I'm not sure if it's a Disappearing Act or a Surprise Villain but it was awful! Great post.

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    1. I think they can work if it feels natural. People DO develop feelings for multiple people in real life. But those people rarely stick around for YEARS waiting for the object of their love to figure it out.

      I think of that one as a Surprise Villain. I felt very manipulated by that book. Especially with Helene.

      Thanks!

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  3. This is hilarious! LOL :D I've only read THG and Twilight, so I can't comment on the other two. While I'm Team Peeta all the way, I admit I wasn't convinced how the love triangle was resolved. And Twilight is just oh so convenient. And icky. >.<

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

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  4. This is hilarious! LOL :D I've only read THG and Twilight, so I can't comment on the other two. While I'm Team Peeta all the way, I admit I wasn't convinced how the love triangle was resolved. And Twilight is just oh so convenient. And icky. >.<

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

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    1. Aw, thanks! I would have been more okay with Peeta if Katniss had made a reasoned choice not prompted by weirdo overly convenient circumstances.

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