Monday, January 24, 2011

Right Angle

I would like to start a campaign to eliminate the use of the term “Love Triangle.”  When we imagine said triangle, we see three points connected by three equal lines.  The central character is usually at the top (Katniss), while the two romantic interests (with lines connected them to their desire) perched below in supporting positions (Peeta and Gabe).   What’s interesting is the line that exists, connecting the two love interests.  This is where things get fuzzy.  Unless you like some slash in your fiction, there should be no connection between these two characters; especially not one that mirrors the lines between the lead and her choices.  If you flip the triangle, all of the sudden you have Gabe as the central character with lines connected to Peeta and Katniss.  Awkward!
Thus, I propose we change the title from “love triangle,” to “love angle.”  There will be a central point (Katniss) with paths to outer points (Peeta and Gabe).
Now, granted, sometimes romantic interests do share a relationship (Best friends, acquaintances,
mortal enemies).  With the love angle you can move the two outward points closer or farther away, depending on this relationship.  There is also a play on words here because, let's be realistic, everyone has an angle (right?).


  1. Oh my gosh, we were talking about this in English class! Technically, the two guys/girls would have to be gay/lesbian, since the lines must form a triangle, right? :D

  2. True! A love "triangle" only works in movies like Threesome-- a movie that should never have been made IMHO.

  3. Good point, I like ’love angle’, but it sounds a little dirty though! LoL

    Also, hi, new here! Wanted to say that I like your blog! :-)

  4. Welcome Lindsey...thanks! oh no, I didn't think of it that way. Darn mind is out of practice over analyzing dirtyness in writing.

    Samantha: Uggggh, sounds like a movie to avoid.

    Yahong: funny coincidence!

  5. As a science-y math person, I heartily agree.