Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Oracle of Delphi

Love Triangles in YA: Why We Hate Them

At this point, love triangles in Young Adult books are obsolete. They have slowly but surely become the bane of almost every YA reader's literary experience. Love triangles have become the easy way out for authors nowadays. Need a little drama? Love triangle. Need some romance? Love triangle. Need to annoy your readers? Love triangle.

At least, that's how I see it.

I find love triangles annoying for a few reasons:

1) Most of the time, the person in the middle of the triangle (always some poor, pathetic teenaged girl) isn't even worth fighting over. Now I know that sounds a bit harsh but come on. One day the girl is a nobody with no friends or one very weird friend who is equally as shunned. The next day, the girl has a bevy of male suitors willing to rip each other's hearts out over her. It's just so unreal. Then, there's the flipside where the two individuals fighting for the hand of the fair maiden aren't worth crap either. It's like, really? You're having a hard time deciding between these two losers?

2) The pathetic girl always chooses the bad boy aka “rude jerk”. Why? Because he's so “damaged” and she wants to be there for him and save him somehow because she sees so many redeeming qualities in his soul...SHUT UP! Just admit you like dating jerks and be done with it.

3) For me, love triangles=laziness. And this is not all of the time, but it does seem that way more often than not. Love triangles are just thrown in when the author doesn't feel like building a real relationship between just two people. Because, YES, that takes real work. But I feel we owe it to the readers to go as hard as we can and not shortchange them. I find it so much more rewarding to put everything I can into individual relationships, and not take the lazy route. My advice, if the love triangle isn't truly meaningful, leave it out.

There are no love triangles in the Oracle of Delphi series. I pride myself on building upon the relationships the characters have with one another without the added drama of multiple love interests. I will admit, at some point in the series the idea of a LT will be introduced, but in the end, true love will prevail. As always.

Biography and Links

Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries. 

The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

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Email Diantha Jones at: theauthor (at) diantha-jones (dot) com

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