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Triangles. Squares. Hexagons. Geometrical romances. Love them or hate them, they have become a trending trope in modern day literature. Personally, I don’t have a problem with geometrical romances. When done right, they can actually make for a great and entertaining read. But when done wrong…well…let’s discuss the pros and cons of geometrical romances in novels!

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Thickens the Plot 

The new adult genre is known for having plots based solely on a love triangle. When It Rains by Lisa De Jong is one of my favorite NA novels that do just that. This story follows our MC, Kate, who is left completely destroyed after having a traumatic experience. Her best friend, Beau, tries to help, but she fears that no one will believe her, so instead, she shuts everyone out. Asher comes into her life and shows her that she doesn’t have to be afraid anymore and he helps her overcome her past and this relationship helps to fix her relationship with Beau. I could not pick a side for this book. Both of our male MCs each help Kate in their own way, showing that when done right, love triangles can have a MEANINGFUL purpose.

Reinforces the Idea of Compromise 

I have to disagree when someone says that love triangles are not realistic because they CAN actually happen in real life. It IS possible to love two people, but the love is NOT the same. Love is about compromises. You have to give in order to get and love triangles reinforce the idea of compromise by showing that while our MC may not end up with the person who has everything they are looking for, the person they choose would be the best fit for them. Humans are far from perfect, but we end up with the person who is ‘perfect’ for us, and that’s what these novels try to show us.

  Entertainment 

Geometrical romances can be entertaining! From picking your ship, to defending your ship, these types of romances can actually bring readers together. We all have our guy or girl we want the MC to end up with. We try to highlight their qualities and provide reason for why these two are ‘meant-to-be’. I have to say I love defending #TeamRowaelin! Even though we may be on opposite teams, we have fun defending our team and can make the reading experience that much more fun.  

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Completely Unnecessary 

Then there are times where geometrical romances can be completely unnecessary! 99 Days by Katie Cotugno is the perfect example for this scenario. I enjoyed reading the first half of 99 Days. I was so proud of Molly for holding her head up high. She was finding her place again in her little town and then everything went to SHIT! Cue the love triangle and the family affair begins. This book could have been so much better without the love triangle. It could have had a depth, Molly could have been a strong, independent character. DAMN YOU, love triangles!

Overdone & Predictable 

I am so tired of reading a book where the two choices are : the bad boy or the best friend. Why can’t we have two bad boys, or even two good guys? How about a book where our MC has to pick between a girl or a guy?! Now that would make for a good story (hint, hint). Mix it up a little, make it new, add something different (PLEASE!) because this plot line is becoming TOO REPETITIVE and it’s starting to lose its flavor.

Overpowers the Story 

When I think of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, I don’t think about Aelin returning to claim her throne. I don’t think about Manon and her struggles to show that she is capable of leading the Ironteeth witches. NO! All I think about it who I ship Aelin with (#TeamRowan, btw!). The geometrical romance in the Throne of Glass series has started to overpower the true plot, which is Aelin trying to take down evil Faes who want to control all the lands. This is a perfect example of where geometrical romances can become too much, which can lead to some readers losing interest in the story and even forgetting why they enjoyed the series in the first place.


That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

What are your thoughts about geometrical romances?

Let me know in the comments!

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  1. OH GOODNESS…. I absolutely despise geometrical relationships (albeit they aren’t first on my bookish pet-peeves), however I do see your point – they can be quite entertaining sometimes (until you have a 3 hour long “conversation” with a person who ships an entirely different couple from the novel) and they do certainly play a big part in some of the books I’ve grown to adore but ultimately, they still really bug me whilst I’m actually reading – especially if the protagonist is overly indecisive for the whole book and doesn’t end up choosing at all (although I can’t actually think of a title in which that happens off the top of my head, which is probably a good thing)
    Thanks for writing this brilliant post – I really enjoyed reading it (and writing my little rant)

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    • I completely agree with you about indecisive protagonists! I hate when they can’t make up their mind, especially when it is obvious who they are going to choose -_-. I tend to skim those books or I’ll just spoil myself to see who they end up with so I can be done with the book.

      Thanks for reading and feel free to rant anytime! 😀

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      • I hate spoiling books for myself after I read the last page of TFiOS …. yeah I had totally different expectations for that ending. But I do have to say I do the same! Let’s hope authors start to realise what readers are thinking sometime soon 🙂

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  2. I love this! You hit the nail on the head with tired trope of bad boy vs. best friend. And my new favorite phrase is “geometrical relationships.” It makes me want to write a story containing, not a love triangle, but a love hexagon! 😀

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  3. Very good points, Ari!! I agree, I don’t mind geometrical romances when they actually improve the story or are entertaining. But when they’re used just for the sake of it and are really bothersome, well.. You know. Not quite as entertaining then.
    Great post! ❤️

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    • Agreed. I think our own experiences play a role on how we feel about these types of romances and I think that’s probably why I they don’t really bother me. As long as it’s a interesting geometrical romance, I’ll read it! 😀

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  5. I’m not a fan of geometrical romances like what happens in Throne of Glass series. Haha! I can’t even take love triangles because I want my ship to just sail and sail but ugh. 😦 Authors who do that in their plot really disappoint me.

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  6. “It IS possible to love two people, but the love is NOT the same. ”
    Thank you so much for saying that! Sometimes I feel like the only person who thinks that! I struggle with love triangles because of that very reason: I don’t believe a person can love two people equally in the exact same way! That is what I find unrealistic about them.

    But the absolute worst is when the love triangle takes away from the story or even makes me hate an otherwise awesome character. Only a few books can really pull off the love triangle.

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    • I am definitely guilty of hating a character because of how a love triangle is shaped, even if that person is not bad a bad person.& when there is a second book in the series and it’s told from that person’s POV, it totally affects my reading experience for that book -_-. It’s the worst!

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  7. This is such a great discussion! I don’t loathe geometric relationships, but I don’t love them either, you know? I feel like if they’re developed adequately and if they’re necessary to the plot then I can handle them. Sometimes, though, I feel like authors add them for no reason whatsoever – just to help cater their book to a “young adult audience” (if that makes any sense). That’s when I don’t really like them. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous discussion! ❤

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    • I hate when geometric relationships added just for the sake of being added. If you’re going to add this type of relationship to the plot, at least put a spin on it and make it worth something. Keep me entertained please haha!

      Thanks for reading, Zoe :)!

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