1). UGH. OH NO. NOT ANOTHER.
2). YAY!! Another team I can root for!! Another uncertain romance!! :D
I feel that love triangles are overused, but sometimes I still find myself enjoying them. It depends on a few things:
If the writing is god-awful, the romance is probably going to be horrible too. I detest when books are focused solely around love triangles. Then again, I hate when the love triangle is just a little minuscule thing that's hardly touched upon and then quickly resolved. It needs to be balanced. I can not stand cheesy romance lines (basically all of TFIOS), so that's a game-changer as well.
If I don't like the characters, then why would I want to read a love triangle? Why would I root for anyone? I hate when the protagonist goes back and forth between the two and spends the whole series trying to decide who she wants. MAKE UP YOUR MIND. I detest when the two guys in the love triangle become rude and hostile towards one another. I don't expect them to be best friends or anything but civility please!
I like romances that develop, no insta-love. I want sweet and cutesy, I want a spark! I want passion and devotion and caring. I want never ending sexual tension. I want to swoon. Call me a romantic. If the romance is horrible well then *throws up hands and leaves*
Love triangles bring out all the feels. It swings all over the place: Anger, sadness, bliss, confusion, agitation, dizziness... Love Triangles make us mercurial fools. Love triangles are responsible for making us readers have these emotions and do these things:
I try to stay open-minded when I realize a love triangle is forming, but it's hard. Sometimes love triangles can be a distraction and deviation from the actual plot. Sometimes the love triangle takes over and becomes the true focus of the plot. *cough* THE SELECTION *cough* Sometimes the love triangle can be intriguing and wonderful (The Infernal Devices). Sometimes the love triangle is fantastic.
Do you like love triangles? Which are your favorites? Least favorites?