Hey, I’m back to talk love triangles again!
Have you been reading any of the other Love Triangle 101 posts? Check out A Novel Idea for Signs You’re in A Love Triangle as well as the Event Schedule.
Today I’ve been thinking about fake triangles… You know what I mean, those relationships that do involve three people, but don’t tick those love triangle boxes. They’re everywhere… books, films, TV…
Here are a few examples of those situations that, to me, just don’t count:-
[A= protagonist / B= love interest #1 / C= love interest #2]
C is a stalker, rapist or serial killer.
A and B are in a forced relationship (due to a threat, blackmail or an arranged marriage).
Lorna is kept captive by her ambitious cousin, Carver Doone, before being rescued by delightful farmer, John Ridd.
B is just an obstacle to A and C being together (an annoying ex, or incompatible other half).
Although it is glaringly obvious that Marlena and Jacob should be together, her schizophrenic lion-tamer husband lingers dangerously between them.
A has no real interest in B or C, he/she is just a bit of a player.
John Tucker just likes girls. Full stop.
It is likely that A could end up with both B and C (and D, and E, and F).
A is Henry VIII.
That man was a law unto himself. His feelings of love, lust, obsession, hatred and tyranny are so fluid we never really end up with a triangle, more of an irregular heptagon.
B and C have no relationship to each other.
Marianne Dashwood is left heartbroken by Willoughby, in favour of the wealthy but malicious Miss Grey (who Marianne has only seen once, across a crowded ballroom). Each corner of a triangle must be joined by a line. If there is nothing between two of the points it is simply not a triangle.
So tell me, am I wrong? Are these legitimate examples of love triangles? Can you think of any more ‘fake triangles’?