My life as a YA love triangle

If you've read some YA, you're probably familiar with the love triangle. If not, allow me to summarize. An ordinary teenage girl with little to no personality leads an average life. She has no boyfriend but is usually good friends with a cute, shy boy who secretly has a major crush on her, yet she is blinder than a guy whose eyes stopped working (bonus points if you get that reference). 

Then, a super hot, edgy, dangerous guy with a mysterious past shows up randomly. (He usually has an intense gaze and great abs, which are described multiple times over the course of the novel. (It makes me want to burn the book, it's that bad.)) In some books, he wants to kill the average girl or harm her in some way, so of course she falls in love with him. (Because logic.) 

Why. Just why. (And I know this wasn't really a love triangle, 
but it made my point for the paragraph above.)
They start going out (and depending on the genre he'll continue to hurt her and/or they'll try to save the world while she describes his abs) but wait! Cute, shy boy admits he likes her! And now she starts to like him back! WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO?!?!?!

In case you didn't pick it up, I'm not a fan of the love triangle. Mostly because: abusive relationships, drawn out conflict to fill up pages and abs instead of a personality. GET TO THE EXPLOSIONS, ALREADY!!! 

There was actually a plot to this, so I was horribly
disappointed that they spent so much time on the
love triangle. 
(It could have been so great.)
Anyways. I've always been pretty vocal about love triangles being stupid, and this is why I know God has a sense of humour. My life has become one. 

No, I don't have two guys (one cute and one with great abs) fighting for my affections. (I don't even know who would want that in the first place. Like yeah, I suppose boyfriends can be great but not when they're trying to hurt you. I suppose they'd make great enemies.) I do, however, have two countries fighting for my affections. 

Allow me to draw some parallels. 

I am average girl. Because let's face it, most people are average. It's just the way life works. 

Canada is the cute, shy boy. Canada is kinda known for being a doormat, which is what the shy boy usually is. They're both physically attractive (shy boy is cute and Canada has a spectacular natural landscape). I also didn't realize how much I loved Canada until I left, then he was dying for my attention. 

Australia is the dangerous guy with a dark past. Everything in Australia will try to kill you. (I touched on that briefly here.) Seriously, give it a chance and it will kill you. Oz has a dark past (think convicts and a whole lot of hardship) and an edgy, sharp landscape in place of abs. And yet I'm still in love with it. Australia also came out of nowhere and made me realize how much a) I'm in love with it and b) how much I miss the cute boy back home (AKA Canada). 

Luckily for me, this is real life. It is much easier to chose between two countries instead of two guys because I can have both countries. I can be Canadian Australian, which is pretty cool. I can't really date two people at the same time. (It makes it so awkward. I have two arms for a reason; one to hold my book and the other to hold onto my significant other so he can guide me while I read and walk. How would I do it with two boyfriends? When I grow a third arm I'll think about getting involved in a love triangle.) 

Are you a fan of the love triangle? Rants, raves, comments, concerns? Are there any aspects in your life that you feel resemble a YA love triangle?


  1. Oh. My. Goodness. Funniest post I've read in a long time! I was not expecting that at all!

    Canada has already stolen my heart, but I do sometimes have affairs with other places as I visit them, haha. Great comparison!

    1. Hahaha, thank you!!! :) Yep, I'm in the same situation. Thanks for commenting!

  2. This is hilarious! Love it!

    You hit perfectly on why love triangles stink and should be less used in fiction. And then you took a completely different spin on it in an original way.

    I like your reason for having two arms, as well. I got a good chuckle out of that.

    Thanks for bringing some humor to my day!

    1. Thank you!!!

      Yes, they need to be used less!!!! It kills me every time, it's just so, so, so, SO bad. Thank you so much!!

  3. HA! I love this post. I had a second where I thought we were going to get the low-down on your love life, but obviously not ... unfortunately ;)

    "and depending on the genre he'll continue to hurt her and/or they'll try to save the world while she describes his abs" -- I love this line! It's so true. Makes me think of this amazing Tumblr post:

    "did u know: aromantic asexual people will be the only ones to survive the apocalypse because they wont be distracted by love triangles"


    My main qualm is that the girl always starts out being "super-relatable": "oh, I've never had a boyfriend, I'm terrible at talking to boys, I'm so awkward and unattractive etc etc" and then BAM. Two at once.

    I hope you find your two countries less problematic than two boyfriends ;)

    Also, Victoria, I nominated you for the one lovely blog award!

    1. Thank you!!!! Hahaha, no, unfortunately, my love life remains a well kept secret... (It would make for the most boring post ever, actually.)


      Yes!!! That is so true! With all these love triangles floating around, I believe humanity is doomed.

      Ugh, yes. I'll relate with her there, then all of a sudden every hot boy in the universe is after her and I just want to throw the book at the wall. Since when is that realistic?!?!?

      Hahaha, thanks :) (Seriously, though, could you imagine trying to juggle two love interests? Zero is problematic enough for me. I think my head would explode with two.)

      Thank you!! I'll check it out :) Thanks for commenting!

  4. This post is pure brilliance. Like, I was nodding along and agreeing with you the whole time and then you mentioned the Canada/Australian tie-in and I decided that you are my new favorite person for the day. I mean, the parallel is so perfect, and I can see similar parallels like that that have been or still are in my life. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you!! You just made my day :) I imagined you might have some parallels. I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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