**Spoilers maybe if you haven't read some of these books. I mostly speak in general terms but still thought I should warn you regardless.
- What: the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz
- When: Books 1-4, I think
- Why: Because for one, hallelujah, it's a boy who's choosing between two equally acceptable girls. And two, Schuyler is the girl from the 'light' and her mother is the Angel all the other fallen vampiric angels follow... while Mimi is Jack's other half, the other pair to the dark Angels. Having a love triangle where Jack is essentially choosing between light and dark and which side of himself he wants to embrace, regardless of whether or not his choice will lead to his death, is acceptable, I think.
- What: the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
- When: throughout the series
- Why: To be honest, I'm a little iffy about this one. It was painfully obvious from the start who Ash would choose but the triangle was directly tied to the plot. If Keenan and Ash got together, then Donia as the scorned Winter Queen would forever be their enemy. If Seth and Ash got together... well, then, where does Keenan the Summer King fit and how would their subjects react? In general, there is something to be said about how Marr resolved this issue. Resolving it via plot and also having the guy get a backbone / some pride and back out before it's too late = win win situation.
- What: the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike
- When: throughout the series, but I like it the most in Illusions.
- Why: In Illusions, I finally grew to like this triangle. Why? Because it started to reflect Laurel's inner struggles and what type of life she wanted to choose. Finally it seemed like David was the guy who represented the SAT scores and the college admissions and who would stay by her side through all the "normal" activities while Tamani was the guy who would always understand Laurel's faerie activities, who would take her to Avalon, and who has known her her whole life. And more importantly, I loved that Laurel actually said NO to both guys (though it was a kind of weak "no," since she and Tamani have make-out sessions after that).
- What: the Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
- When: throughout the series though I don't think they portray Damon's role well enough in the t.v. series
- Why: Because to me, they represent two different sides of human nature. In the t.v. series, Damon is much more tame; he has his vampiric moments when he's like screw-all-of-you-i-will-kill-this-chick but most of the times, he seems to fight for Elena's affections by struggling to be the better man. Which is not how I remember him from the books. In the books, Damon is very much the "dark prince." He is glad to be a vampire; he revels in taking blood from other people and influencing others. He doesn't apologize and is increasingly stubborn. I can't remember him ever denying his nature as "the bad boy." I think he even asks Elena to be his Dark Queen or something like that... Whereas Stefan is the tortured soul fighting for his humanity. He is the "good guy." So to me, it makes sense that there would be a love triangle; naturally, Elena would choose the good guy... but we all have some darkness in us so she also somewhat identifies with Damon. (This is where the t.v. series screws up... especially with this season. Role reversal much?)
-Another example of this type of triangle can be found in All You Desire, the second book of The Eternal Ones series by Kirsten Miller.
Basically, the only ones I find acceptable are the ones that tell you something about the character... and even then, I still don't like to read them.
Anddd, either my brain is fried or I literally cannot think of other love triangles I find acceptable. My companion post (Hated Love Triangles) will be put up tomorrow. Let's just say that that list is much longer than this one :).
What do you think? What triangles do you find acceptable? Do you agree / disagree with the ones I've listed?
I welcome any and all opinions :).