Guest Post with J.A. Saare

First, I want to thank Nocturne Reads for having me by. It’s wonderful to be here, discussing a topic that tends to divide audiences. Some people love them; some people hate them. Either way, you’ll find them in books, movies and television shows. You know what I’m talking about.

Love triangles.

I’m not sure what it is about them so many people love (including me), but I imagine it has to do with angst. Who will the heroine choose? The good guy or the bad guy (because let’s face it—that’s usually how it goes)?  Both are yummy, bring something interesting to the table and are impossible to resist. Each encounter keeps readers glued to the page, eager to find out what happens next. Teams are created and people pick sides. It’s a battle for love, winner takes all. 

What’s a girl to do?

Although I haven’t viewed the television series, I recall my mother-in-law being glued to the screen on what she dubbed “Grey’s Anatomy” night. She warned everyone in the family not to call her during the show and threatened those who did with bodily harm. Why? Because there was a love triangle and she couldn’t wait to see how things played out. Likewise, I haven’t seen the Vampire Diaries (don’t kill me, I’m ordering them to view!), but I know many fans are rabid about the series and a love triangle is involved. Who will Elena choose? Stefan or Damon? Tune in to find out!

Let’s face it—the subject matter keeps people guessing. And that’s a good thing.

Personally, I enjoy a well done love triangle, especially when lines aren’t written in the sand. I remember viewing the film (based off the novel by Jane Austen) Sense and Sensibility. Talk about a heartbreaker. How could I not ache for Colonel Brandon (played by the ultra-delectable Alan Rickman)? He’s smart, kind, and unfailingly gracious. Sure his competition (portrayed by super-sexy Greg Wise) is easy on the eyes, but it is so clear to see how deeply Colonel Brandon adores Marianne. The way he looks at her—just WOW. Likewise, I adore the film Some Kind of Wonderful. It’s plain to see that Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) adores her best friend Keith (Eric Stoltz). If only he’d stop tripping over popular and alluring Ms. Jones (Lea Thompson). You want to yell and scream at the characters, to shove them toward who you feel they should choose. It’s more than their hearts on the line, so is yours.

That (for me) is the beauty of a love triangle: so much angst and emotion it brings the audience to tears. Tissues are optional, but I recommend you keep a few handy.

Thank you again to Nocturne Reads for having me by. I hope everyone enjoys these final few weeks of summer!

All My Best,

Jaime AKA J.A. Saare

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