Podcast #21 - On Love, Both Instant and Triangular

Podcast #21 - On Love, Both Instant and Triangular

In this episode of the Clear Eyes, Full Shelves podcast, we dig into two sticky subjects: "Instalove" and love triangles. Our thoughts on these two phenomena are... complicated. (Shocking, I know!)

What are your thoughts on these two things? Are there instances where you're okay with love at first site and a complicated romantic entanglements? Or are you in the never, ever camp? We'd love to know, so after you listen to the podcast, drop us a note in the comments!

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Books & Links Mentioned

When You Were Mine
By Rebecca Serle
The Day Before
By Lisa Schroeder
Miracle
By Elizabeth Scott
Ketchup Clouds
By Annabel Pitcher
Under the Never Sky
By Veronica Rossi
The Raven Boys
By Maggie Stiefvater
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
By Suzanne Collins
The Program
By Suzanne Young
Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi
All These Things I've Done
By Gabrielle Zevin
Nightshifted
By Cassie Alexander
Winger
By Andrew Smith
Party of Five: Season 1
Starring Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert, Paula Devicq
Dawson's Creek - The Complete First Season
Starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Mary Beth Peil
The Vampire Diaries: Season 1
Starring Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham
 
Before Sunrise
Starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert
And, for me, this works as a love triangle (or a love shape of some kind) because there isn’t actually an answer. In some ways, there isn’t even a question. At the risk of sounding of overly categorical I’d say there are basically two types of love triangle in fiction, which you might call operational and symbolic. Operational love triangles are just literally about which guy the heroine winds up with (Twilight or True Blood being the obvious examples). But in a symbolic love triangle, the guys represent larger questions facing the heroine, either about her life or the sort of person she wants to be.
Alexis Hall at Wonkomance on The Vampire Diaries and Love Triangles

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