The First Guy V.S The Second Guy in Books

July 8, 2017

 

It is literally impossible today to try and read a YA book and not bump into even a small love triangle. However, I am not complaining. I personally don't really understand why people don't like triangle relationships - I mean, they really do make the story a whole lot more interesting. 

 

The triangle love books fall into two categories only. And I think I'm not the only one, but I always can kind of tell which one it is. Let's start off by nicknaming the two categories A and B. There's the A category where the 'other' guy is just there either to create more drama, get the first guy to act and realize his feelings, or just to make him jealous. And then there's the B category, where the other/second guy actually has a chance, and we readers can always...sense it somehow. 

 

There are stages for reading a love triangle. Here is my version:

 

1. The guy comes in

2. You start to like the guy

3. Forbidden love comes in

4. Second guy comes in

5. Kind of start hanging out/liking the heroine

6. You like the second guy too

 

Now here is where the stages can go into two directions depending on what category it is. 

 

If it's category A it will go like this:

 

7. The first guy and the girl is starting to have chemistry

8. Heroine still going out with second guy (because she's not sure about

first guy,no book ever directly admit it but we all know it's true)

9. First guy jealous scenes, first kiss mostly likely happen here

10. Still going on with second guy

11. finally finale or sometime before the ending and the second guy and her breaks up

(too lazy to elaborate, we all know how those goes down), 

and happily ever after, YAY. 

 

Now, if it's category B, it will go like this:

 

4. Second guy comes in

5. Teases/flirts with heroine (is an attractive, arrogant yet likable

dickhead who has a surprising amount of character depth)

6. First guy jealous

6. Heroine at least doesn't hate the second guy

anymore (but they rarely admit it)

7. We start to like the second guy

8. Heroine still likes the first guy though

9. Something happens that gets second guy and

heroine together (most likely forced)

10. They fall in love

11. Yadi yadi yada, basically she will choose the second guy, YAY. 

 

Of course, nothing is absolute, but I think it's safe to say that almost all triangle books flow like this.

 

Another thing I want to talk about is author's abilities to always make us like the second guy better. On this topic, there are two kinds of people in the world: People who always falls for the guy, and liars. As a reader who is absolutely obsessed with hate/love relationships, I find it odd that despite though the first guy had an amazing hate/love relationship with the heroine, I always end up liking the second guy more. Something about the arrogant, flirty, sassy attitude the second guy always has always appealed to me (for some weird, mysterious reason).

 

What do you guys think? Do you always fall for the second guy? Leave the response down in the comments below. 

 

 

 

 

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