Friday, December 14, 2012

Definition of "Love Triangle"


Ah, the love triangle.  Most of you hate them, and I'm right there with you.  Mostly.  They seem to be everywhere and there's no escaping them.  Personally I want to fall hard for one love interest when I'm reading.  Does that mean I've never enjoyed a love triangle?  No, I definitely have, darn those authors.  I can name several books where I fell for both boys and it's heart-wrenching.  A well done love triangle is enough to make me cray-cray!  A poorly done triangle makes me throw books, which is not nice.  

I've had a ton of people beg me not to put a love triangle in the Sweet Trilogy, and that makes me wonder . . . what do you constitute as a love triangle?  Because I think my definition is different from some of yours.

I think of a true love triangle as the main character being torn between two love interests, as in, he/she has feelings for both people and can see himself/herself with either one.  When a love triangle is present the character must choose, which means that the reader ends up picking sides and becoming Team 1 or Team 2, and heated arguing in the forums ensues.

Based on this definition, I don't consider there to be a love triangle in Sweet Evil, though I know many of you would disagree.  Now, I'm going to be honest and tell you that my editor ASKED me to write in a love triangle (resulting in me adding the scene where Anna sees Kope at the mall).  My editor wanted the extra tension of Anna having a second boy option, but I couldn't quite do it justice.  I agreed that Anna would have a second option in Kopano, that he would make his interest clear, but in my heart of hearts I could not bring myself to make Anna truly torn.  She loves Kaidan.  Is she attracted to Kopano?  Yes.  He's hot.  And intriguing, and intense, and loyal, and most importantly he's open about his feelings.  Could she picture herself with him?  Yes.  But only if Kai wasn't in the picture.

Why did I decide to make another hot boy interested in Anna?  Easy.  To force Kaidan's feelings to the surface.  He's a hard nut to crack, that Kai.  He hides.  He evades.  I needed a crafty way to make him to show something.  Plus, Kopano's character was too deliciously complex in my mind.  I wanted him to have his story, too.  And I love that he's willing to put it all out there and challenge Kaidan to do the same.

So what's in store for book two?  Well, you'll just have to trust me because these lips are sealed, teeheehee.  Okay, maybe some hints.  We'll see plenty of both K's.  And there will be tension.  Yummy, tantalizing romantic tension.  And kissing.  LOTS of kissing.  Let's just hope you won't be throwing your book before the best of the kissing takes place . . .

What's your definition of a love triangle?

Big, squishy hugs,

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36 comments:

  1. yesss this was amazing now i know that kaidan and anna are gonna be together even though kopano has feeling for her but i really want her with kaidan there a better couple and if there not together at the end i think i might die or hate the book!!!

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  2. This made me smile to read this. I'm dying (DYING, I tell you!!!!) for Sweet Peril and this is killing me!

    I like the idea of Anna being pursued so openly by Kope...and I like the Anna being sort of confused but not really because, as you said, while Kope is delicious, there really is no one else for her but Kai.

    I don't think I answered your question re: love triangles, but I'm too excited by what's coming in Sweet Peril to concentrate clearly on that :)

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  3. So I am an adult reader of YA and nothing irritates me more than a love triangle. Are our young girls so desperate for love and affection that they must suddenly have a windfall of luck and multiple boys are falling for her at once? I mean I still read plenty of the books with love triangles, but I almost feel like you confirmed it for me Wendy and the Authors might not want this in their stories, but publishers think that it is a crucial element for a YA story....Well I say BOLLOCKS!

    We should be focused on story telling and less on what might make this book sell better.

    I liked Kopano in the book and I didn't feel like Anna was too conflicted over her feelings for him, but I did think as apparently you wanted us to, that he was more of a push for Kai than anything else.

    Thank you so much for putting this out there...and I am squeeeing away waiting for Sweet Peril!

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    1. Nothing irritates me more than when people write to the trends. I think my particular editor just wanted a bit more tension and to up the stakes for Kaidan, but yes, I'm with you. I want books to be about great stories from the author's heart, not what's the most marketable.

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  4. I think my definition of a love triangle is the same as yours. The heroine is in love with both boys and is torn between the two. Not even necessarily in love, though. Just that there are two boys vying for the girl's attention. She doesn't have to be in love with both. She just needs to consider both, even though her choice is obvious, for me to consider it a love triangle.

    I've read some terrible ones that made really annoyed and I've read ones that were so well done that I adored both boys and supported the heroine's decision. Love triangles are tricky but when they're done well, I think they add an extra element-the tension your editor was talking about.

    BTW, I'm so excited for Sweet Peril! Every time you give a hint, it makes me even more excited :)

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    1. Eeep! Thanks, Farrah! I'm so excited for you guys to read it. :)

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  5. Good point well made, Wendy.
    I don't like Kopano at all. He is a little too.... desperate *sigh* to gain Anna's attention, but the fact is that she wants Kai so much that Kope's words make her think more @Kai (the scene in the mall when he says about marriage and children)
    I've seen enough love triangles to say that this one has nothing to do. Just finished The Infernal Devices series and there IS A BIG UGLY LOVE TRIANGLE, and I see on Goodreads so many teams and arguments... *ugh*
    Anyway I wanted to say to you to keep the good work. I read Sweet Evil twice and love each time (actually I cried at the finish...)

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  6. I'm so excited for Sweet Peril! And yeah, most times I hate love triangles, I'm just hoping it won't be the kind of triangle that will make me want to throw a book!

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    1. Somehow, I trust you and your writing enough to be fairly sure it won't happn! ;)

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  7. Most of the time I don't mind love triangles. Though I must say I would not be a fan of anyone who would take Anna away from Kai.(Come on it's Kaidan how could I not root for him to be happy!!)But since there is no love triangle I'm sufficiently relieved.
    I think my biggest issue is when the love triangle is such a big part of the story and then the lead female doesn't end up with either guy. That's extremely frustrating. Was she not torn over who would be the better guy for her, throughout the whole series. Now she ends up alone. WHAT!! Okay rant over.
    Just have to say can't wait to read Sweet Peril and I love that it is called the Sweet trilogy!!

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    1. Ooh, that would be really frustrating. I don't think I've ever read a book where she didn't end up with either.

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  8. Beautiful post Wendy! I can't wait to read the second book <3

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  9. I agree with you about love triangles. I hate when I am torn equally between two guys. It just isn't right. So glad it won't be like that for this trilogy. But I do understand Kaidan needing some extra encouragement. So very excited for more story. I wish my current reads did a better job of distracting me during this long wait.

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    1. Awww, haha. I hope you come across some amazing books over the next four months, dear!

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  11. I don't really like love triangles. They don't really happen in real life and, if they do, they're messy complicated things and not the romantic thing most teenage girls think they are.

    LOL but I'm a rabid Kaidan and Anna fan - so of course I'm going to say that. :P

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    1. I guess that's part of the fictional appeal - having 2 amazing guys vying for your love - something that doesn't really happen in real life (at least not the extent it does in the stories, like you said).
      A rabid Kaidan and Anna fan . . . I love that! :)

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  12. Plz plz plz tell me there will be some sort of time skip in which all characters grow older (physically and mentally) im seeing anna as an older wiser character (thinking college age ?) Omg im going crazy with angst for the next book D:

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    1. I can tell you that book 2 starts six months after the first book ends, and then the book spans a good bit of time, so there's some definite growing up and maturing for the characters.

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    2. *hugs self* 2013 isnt even here yet and im already excited thank you :D

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    3. I'm actually just really really happy that time actually WENT by in Sweet Evil. I'm sure you can agree with me when i say that there are many authors who write books or series and i swear each book spans a total of a week if that. This isnt Disney (no disrespect to Disney, i still think its adorable :P) where people fall in love at first sight. Just....NO. Most of the time i'm like meh, but sometimes.....

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  13. My definition is pretty identical to yours. As much as I liked Kope in the story I was really hoping you weren't trying to make it a cliche love triangle. There's enough drama and tension between Anna and Kai without having Kope in there making waves. Plus Kope deserves someone who is going to love him for who he is not just who's place he can take. (Not trying to sound mean but Anna was thinking of Kai while Kope was talking to her...) I really liked how you handled the situation (ie. allowing his interest in Anna force Kai to see that he can't just let her go).

    Anxiously awaiting Sweet Peril.

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  14. I agree with Holly. Love triangles are super Cliche. Though I do like how Kope kinda shows interest, and that puts Kai on gaurd and pushes him more.

    On an unrelated note, I want to share with you a few songs that, when I heard them I thought of Kai and Anna.

    Just a Kiss- Lady Antabellum
    One More Night- Maroon 5
    Vegas- All Time Low
    10 Times Better- Tonight Alive

    Thoughts?

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  15. And I cannot wait for Sweet Peril to come out. I am counting down the days. I am in the middle of my second time reading Sweet Evil. I started this morning. Your book is so hard to put down. The first time I read it I balled my eyes out and the end.

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    1. Aw, that's awesome! So glad you've enjoyed it! Happy reading! And sorry about the bawling... ;)

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  16. You shoulf also listen to The Silence be Mayday Parade. The lyrics fit perfectly

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  17. Okay, i have a really bad habit of choosing my 'team' really quick and kinda declaring eternal enemies with the 'other guy'. I loved Kaidan from the first second and yes Kopano seems nice and all, but unfortunately for him i'm Kaidan all the way!! I know you said that you couldn't do it in Sweet Evil but i have a feeling you really are going to make Anna torn. My feelings always go out of whack when the girls get into love triangles. In my opinion i can see some of the usefulness in them but they frustrate the hell out of me!

    I absolutely adored Sweet Evil and stayed up half the night reading it because i couldn't put it down, i hope Sweet Peril is even more amah-zing!

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  18. I absolutely loved Sweet Evil and couldnt put it down it was action packed and i am in love with Kiadan KEEP WRITING

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