Hmmm, tough one
I think it really depends on how it’s done. I’ve read some pretty ridiculous love triangles in the past where it’s more of a marketing ploy than an actual challenge for the characters. I’ve also read some romantic, swooning love triangles!
For me, a good love triangle will have:
Two love interests that are both different from each other yet equally supportive to the main character. I want each of them to be good for the main character in different ways. I hate it when one is so obviously bad and one perfect. It makes it less interesting and I usually roll my eyes because of course we know which one the main character should end up with! I want some intrigue. I want to debate over which love interest is best.
Some real back and forth. Each love interest should be interesting enough for them to be an amazing character if you took the love interest part of the story away. I want the main character to be drawn to both options genuinely. Who each is, what each represents. What life/road will each lead them down? Put some feeling behind it, people!
Choice! I want the main character to choose the love interest in the end. (Yes, Hunger Games. I’m talking to you.) None of this, well one of the love interest dies/turns evil/vanishes/does something horrible that will take them completely out of the running. Again, I want the main character to make a decision and choose which one she/he loves. And why.
Favorite love triangles?
Evie/Jack/Death from The Poison Princess series– Yeah. Still not sure who I want Evie to be with. I mean, they are both amazing/handsome/dangerous and deadly. You know. What every post apocalyptic girl wants in a Major Arcana man.
Alina/Mal/Darkling/Sturmhond from The Greisha trilogy – more than a triangle yet still perfectly well done. The triangle changes as the series goes making it
Kate/Henry/Calliope/Persephone from The Goddess Test series – Jealousy, love, lust and evil abound. Of course, it’s obvious I want Kate and Henry together, but the sheer evil that is Calliope keeps the Love Triangle interesting and the heartbreak that happens in Book Two broke my heart too.
Nora/Soren/Wes from The Original Sinners series – Nora is torn between her Master Soren and her lovely, vanilla college student roommate Wes. I wasn’t sure who she would end up with till the very end. And honestly, each character is so wonderful, I would have been happy either way!
Rose/Dimitri/Adrian from Vampire Academy series- Team Adrian or Team Dimitri? Very very hard to choose!!
Georgina/Seth/Maddie from Georgina Kincaid series – Love Love Love. I’m pretty sure Richelle Mead knows how to do a proper love triangle. Especially because Seth and Georgina are so totally flawed.
I am not going to mention bad love triangles because once I get started, I won’t be able to stop. But you get the point.
Do you like Love Triangles?