book sins the inferno
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.
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?