What happens when someone writes something in defense of love triangles? I have an existential crisis, that’s what!
People grow, hearts change, desires/dreams/expectations shift. Sometimes we are tempted. Sometimes we lust. Sometimes we are completely honest and true to one person, and other times we think we know who that one person is, only to meet someone else later who makes us question everything.
The truth is that love is complicated […]. Finding The One can require detours, wrong turns, mistakes, backtracking, and the navigating of a very, very complex web. Or, if you’re lucky, the route could be a relatively well-marked, one way street. I love stories that effectively capture both.
In the end, I guess I’m saying I support love triangles, lines, quadrilaterals, webs, you name it. I also support temptations and doubts and inner turmoil on the main character’s end. So long as the romantic tension feels natural in the context of the story–honest and real to the character’s emotional state and growth–I’m a fan.
Erin Bowman, In Defense of Love Triangles