Young Adult Love Triangle Tropes

I get why some people might be sick of the love triangle tropes in TV shows and books, but they don't bother me.

Because I like love triangles. The great ones can add spicy drama and juicy suspense while the heroine, along with the reader, tries to figure out which boy the heroine will choose. Plus, having the heroine hanging with two different hot guys can reveal differing sides of her personality as she interacts with each one in various scenarios. 

For me, I like some romance in my books, movies, and TV series. It can be a little or a lot, but I prefer storylines with romance. Sure, I’ve read a few novels and watched shows that I’ve enjoyed without any romance, but the ones most dear to my heart are the ones with romantic elements.

And I recognize that the “love triangle” is a fairly common YA trope. My original version of the Charmed Chronicles way, way back when it was first published (over 12 years ago!) featured two love interests, and then I removed the romance subplot when I got the rights reverted back to me and I did a rewrite. 

Most writing advice states to write what you like to read, and I enjoy love triangles in my fiction, in both young adult and adult novels, as well as in the TV shows and movies that I watch. I take pleasure in reading about those conflicted, gorgeous, funny, sexy, yet more than a little bit flawed characters that compete for the heroine’s heart. I think the tempting attraction, the lustful yearnings, and even the forbidden love trope can be enthralling for readers ans fans of TV shows, too. 

The conflict, the indecision, the crazy jealousy can be suspenseful and thrilling. I personally love guessing whom the heroine will choose, and how the two male leads both compete for her heart. So, my readers should expect even more serious romantic intrigue in the completely rebooted Charmed Chronicles.

Plus, Shiloh deserves to have choices in one area of her sucky demon hunting life. She’s had so many decisions taken from her the moment that shadowy demon entered her bedroom, but she still has a choice regarding her own heart. Not an easy one, but still a choice that’s all hers. 

I want the new, updated editions to be a light-hearted, but with underlining themes of redemption, retribution, honor, and sizzling romance. I want the love triangle between Trent, Shiloh, and Raze to sizzle off the pages with romantic conflict and keep the reader flipping sides. Choosing to be on Team Trent in one scene and then preferring Team Raze the next.

Shiloh’s heart is going to be equally divided between the boy she cared for first and the young man with whom she shares a deep connection. It’s a tough decision between the strong bonds of first love with one boy and the passionate connection she shares with the other. 

And the best part? I am going to let my readers vote on who they’d like to see Shiloh choose in the end. I, of course, will make the final decision, but reader’s can have some say in helping Shiloh and me decide whom to finally give her heart to...either the brooding and charming bad-boy or the flawed and heroic alpha male.

Let me know in the comments which team you're on now and why!

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