What's worse than a love triangle?


What's worse than a love triangle?

A love triangle where your ship loses.

For those of you who suffer through books with love triangles, you know you can't help but pick a team. It's bad enough that you have to read about a love triangle, but nothing can describe the feeling of despair and anger when your team loses.


It seems I'm fated to choose the wrong team. That's why love triangles give me anxiety!! I just KNOW I'm going to pick the wrong team and be stuck in a cloud of disappointment. I don't know why I let myself get attached each time. I don't like love triangles, but I don't have an intense hatred towards them. I find myself getting caught up in them either way.

So where have I lost? Basically everywhere.

Statistically-speaking, I have a 50% chance of choosing the right team. Yet it seems the odds are never in my favor. Here are the teams I've cheered for and shipped and eventually been spurned. 

No Spoilers.


<--- One of the guys was uber creepy! I wanted to gag and run away every time he was in a scene. I knew he would win though because Bella is stupid and makes bad decisions every other page. I saw it coming, but I was still mad when *he* came out on top... 
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I just didn't like the guy that Alina ended up with. Whiny. Annoying. Unbearable. There were so many better options, more elusive and interesting. I'll never understand this girl!! I'd ship her with anyone but whom she chose. 


<--- I really liked both of the guys, but in the end I chose the guy I thought would be better for her. And of course she didn't choose him!! 

--->
One of the interests annoyed me so much! He was so naive and puerile at times. He was a fighter though, so I give him that. My guy was soooo much better!! He was cool and smart and thoughtful and fierce. Yes. He was stunningly attractive too ;) Yet he still lost.


 <--- Although technically I lost, I still love this series. Both interests were great, there was no going wrong!! I'd like to say more, but I said no spoilers!!

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Both interests were so awesome!! I stayed true to my team throughout. In the end though, I -of course- lost. 

 Honorable Mentions: I got these wrong too.
-Delirium 
They were both annoying.
-Uglies 
I still tear-up thinking about this one....
-Covenant 
What was I thinking?

But I digress...

I have gotten it right though!! Not often, but hey, it happens.
-Throne of Glass 
Proudly shipped these two since August 20th, 2013
-Unearthly
I was ecstatic and incredulous when my ship sailed <33
-The Hunger Games
Pshh, I so have not memorized the epilogue... 

How good are you at choosing the winning team? How often are you right? 
How often are you wrong?

36 comments:

  1. Lol I love how your ship sailed for Unearthly! I only read the first book so I'm not sure which boy is on your ship although I hope it's the one I'm cheering for too ;) I think most of my ships were the popular ones that worked out!

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  2. Haha, I feel you man. Having all the feels for a ship that doesn't end up canon is just nothing but paaaaaaaain. especially if the love interest the heroine does pick is like the LITERAL PERSON EVER. (I'm looking at you Shay from Nightshade who needs to just get run over. That's all I'm saying.) There is rarely a case where I wouldn't mind the main lead to end up with either of her love interests, and most love triangles honestly feel so extraneous to the plot but regardless... I always end up shipping one purely because the Love Interest is like the lesser of two evils.

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  3. My team always loses :( from The Uglies, to Delirium, to the Hunger Games. I'm not a big fan of love triangles to begin with, just for this reason! I agree with you about your points on Twilight, Edward was just too creepy!

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  4. I love how rare it is that we ship the same people!

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  5. I've given up on choosing. Of course... I did love Jem AND Will equally, but Jem comes out top for me. Love triangles have gotten to the point of being too predictable, so while I'm rooting for the losing team, I'm guessing the right one. (The best friend never wins. It's always the stranger dude with the six pack; have you noticed?)

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  6. Jem forever<3 I don't know about ToG. I feel like I'm switching sides. .. Love your post:)

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  7. YESSSSSS but fear not, m'dear, you win a lot more than I. I'm fated to lose :D FATED. It tears me apart because I have no time for hopelessly shipping. BUT it happens and I'm got a permanent scowl on my face now. I'M WITH YOU WITH THE GRISHA SEREIS. FOREVER BITTERRRR Fantastic post, Rachel! You've condense my life into it <3

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  8. I loved reading this post bad I especially agree with you about Nightshade :) Ren was the perfect guy for her and yet she still chose Shay :( TEAM REN all the way :D

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  9. OMG, Tucker! I freaking loved him so much!
    It does suck picking a losing Team. I just dont get the love triangle appeal. I mean, no matter what, the people on the losing team will not be happy. Why would an author want to do that to us???
    I don't hate love triangles though. I like them when done right. Unfortunately, they are rarely done right :(
    And why is it always a good guy against a bad boy? Why not two good guys or hell, give me two bad boys!
    I'll stop there before I start ranting :)

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  10. This is such a great topic! I ALWAYS choose the losing side and it takes me forever to recover. Honestly, I am still not completely over the fact that Katniss ended up with Peeta. I will not get into that argument today, but that experience has scarred me. Whenever I come across a love triangle, I am immediately wary of the book. I know that I will most likely end up crying in the fetal position on my bed by the end. Ugh, the struggles of being a reader...

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  11. OMG i love this Rach! I dont mind love triangles but I do always seem to root for the losing team with the exception of Edward Cullen cuz ewww Taylor Lautner. LOL. Great post!!
    <3 Britt

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  12. I have a love/hate relationship with love triangles, but I'm pretty sure we all do. Love trinagles atr so awesome when they are actually good, but that rarely ever happens. I hate it so much when my ships loses!! Like in Nightshade, and Unearthly (but both guys from Unearthly were awesome, so I wasn't that heartbroken over it ;) Great post!

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  13. I agree with you!!
    For ex. in the Blue Bloods series i LOVED Oliver, but Schuyler chose Jack... ç__ç
    Mah, i don't really like Love Triangles, but there are many times when my ships won.. *WARNETTE*

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  14. I kind of stop caring when I notice there's a love triangle, because chances are I'll get it wrong anyway. I haven't read a lot of the books you mentioned, but Twilight sounds pretty accurate. Why would you go for the boring stalker who takes out the engine in your car, when you can go for the guy who makes you laugh?!

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  15. I was really REALLY unhappy with where Unearthly went. (*stares judgementally at you*) Just kidding! (Maybe, maybe not. YOU'LL NEVER KNOW). But yes, the number of times my ship sinks has started to become a bit concerning. Maybe it's because I end up going with the love interest that the main character quite obviously dismisses because they deserve love too.

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  16. LOL I just died laughing.
    Okay, i'm usually a good shipper. I've lose a few times (I'm staring at you Unearthly) but most of the time i'm on the right track. What I love is that I usually ship the underdog. IN ToG I was swooning hardcore for YOU KNOW WHO and everyone was like "why?" "they hardly have any time together in the book" but than CoM came out and everyone was all starry eyed and I was all "IN YOUR FACE". Get it? LOL
    I also rooted for the underdog in the Shatter Me series and when Ignite Me came out I was dancing around like crazy. It's awesome to guess right ships! haha :)

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  17. I KNOW. I die inside when I finish the book and have the slow realisation that my ship didn't end up with the person I wanted them to be with. LIFE JUST ISN'T ALWAYS FAIR AND THAT SUCKS

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  18. My Infernal Devices OTP lost, too. But I can't really complain because I love love the other guy as well and this series is really great! TID is so full of FEELS!

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

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  19. I'm pretty good at predicting love triangles. I've gotten them all right so far, but I think I may get my first ever love triangle loss in the Zodiac books. :(

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  20. I'M SO SCARED OF MY SHIP SINKING IN ENSNARED BY AG HOWARD. *cries forever* It's dooooomed. Okay, usually I win my love-triangles. Ignite Me warmed my heart to like melting marshmallows. And The Mortal Instruments made me squee totally much. I haven't finished a lot of these, but next year?! I WILL AT SOME POINT. I hope all the ships turn out right in the last Lunar Chronicles books. OR ELSE I'LL DIE.

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  21. I find YA predictable these days, so I'm always right lol, but that doesn't mean that I'm always in accord with the MCs' choices! Like in Shatter Me...I get it but...Adam was a good guy...

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  22. Ugh I hate it when I choose wrong! I typically find myself rooting for the guys who got there first. Sometimes that's right (Edward) and sometimes that's wrong (Gale! I'm bitter). Hopeless romatics are pretty hot too!

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  23. SHIPS ARE MADE FOR BEING TORN APART BY THE AUTHORS >_<

    The unbearable paaain!

    I know I shouldn't giggle, but I can't help it. Lol, how all of your ships in love triangles mainly lost XD Welcome to a reader's life. The unbearable agony, eh? ^^

    Like how I was rooting for Gale throughout the series and she ends up with Peeta!

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  24. Great post! I am not big fun of love triangles so I try to avoid books with them. However, I just started Grisha Trilogy. I am curious whose team I will be on :)

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  25. I always ship CANON but in Shadow and Bone I really thought the Darkling and Alina was meant for each other but damn!!! I was wrong. I like Mal but, I hate him too it's complicated. Hell, I liked Nikolai better than Mal! Definitely wrong choice Alina. tsk tsk

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  26. Such a great post! I'm all over the love triangle chatter. Of course I loathe them with a fiery passion, but honestly that has only gotten worse when I've read some where my ship has lost. I usually get emotionally attached to one guy and it ruins everything when that doesn't work out. I honestly try to pick the right ship, or find out what that is, just to save myself the agony. I see you promoting Layla above which apparently is going to have a big love triangle. Good luck! I hope your guy wins. Or I see JLA even has a series where you can pick the winner! It's all too much for me. But so many people love them!

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  27. So glad your Unearthly ship was the same as mine! <3 I practically cried happy tears when it finally happened. It really sucks when you're on the loosing side... I've only been on that side a couple of times, it must suck that it happens all the time for you. In Delirium I always shipped the first guy because... he seemed less needy than the other one.

    Also, THANK YOU for not being spoilerish. There are some series that I haven't finished yet and I'm glad I don't know.

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  28. Yay, it's the best thing when your ship has sailed! But, love triangles are so annoying especially those ones where the girl ends up with the posessive, abusive guy. I'm like NOO go with the sweet best friend instead! I love best friend romances and beta guys so much more. Great topic Rach!

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  29. Usually when I'm on someone's team, I always choose the right one HAHA I guess I have great taste hehehe <3

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  30. Haha, I love this post! I'm pretty lucky with my love triangles, but there are few where I felt the same way as you! I am totally with you on Unearthly! I was really happy and felt that was the best choice all along. :D

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  31. Oh Love Triangles... you can be so hard on me. I never thought about before if I won on a team or not. I guess I won on Twilight... loved Edward. From now I am going to keep count. You have inspired me!!

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  32. Yes, lots of people don't like love triangles. But I like them if they are done well! And losing in the worst. I won with Edward, hehe. But totally lost out on the Hunger Games. I mean, Gale is the right choice! Of course :D I have a lot of losing, but sometimes I win as well and that makes me super happy. ^^

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  33. Hahaha,I feel for you! Actually though, I'm usually pretty good at siding with the victor, but I have to agree with you on The Grisha Trilogy. I understand the ways that he is right for her, but I just think that he was usually written as the boring choice; I don't think Bardugo gave him enough appeal. Logically I know he's the right choice but gaaah why??

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  34. I Have Always Been Right About Love Triangles xD

    I Always Go For The Bad Boy,Sometimes I Go For The Good Guy..in All My Time Predicting-I Have Been Right,Even 2 Years In Advance. Yes I'm That Good at Guessing Correctly

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  35. I dont like love triangules, many times if a book have many love interest, i prefer don't read it, the reason I don't like the grisha is because the love. cool history but boys u.u boring and safe choice

    But books like -Throne of Glass, are perfect, opts :)

    Tessa with Will, i don't like it, Will it arrogant and i don;t like so much, but Jem, i love Jem

    And i prefer Gale, Peeta, u.u never like it so much, i will prefer Peeta die that Finnick T.T

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  36. I do always (ALMOST always) have a favorite, but I try my best not to try and choose. I haven't chosen wrong a ton, but when I have it really stinks. I get angry with some of the decisions, which I know sounds crazy but I can't help it. There is one in particular that just made me angry, so stinking angry. But, triangle have become such huge parts of YA lately that I try to make myself think about it happening both ways, just to make it a little easier if my guy loses.

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