Saturday, February 19, 2011

Love Triangle Anyone? by Author H.P. Mallory

So, Belinda asked me to write about love triangles and what they mean to me…

To sum up this whole subject in a quick phrase…why settle for one when you can have more?

Okay, but seriously, why do I write about love triangles and what is so enthralling about them? In terms of my own interests, I’ve always been attracted to stories that feature love triangles more so than any other theme. I should be more specific and say I’m only interested in reading about triangles with one heroine and two heros, not one hero and two heroines. LOL Just wanted to get that clear for the record! I just love the thrill of trying to decide who to root for, who the heroine should end up with.

I was big into the Sookie Stackhouse series and the early works in the Anita Blake series (before they got weird) and both had the love triangle theme in common. And after reading the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, I can report that I loved this series even more than Anita or Sookie. There is a definite triangle to the core of the Fever Series books as well—maybe not a love triangle. necessarily, but a triangle all the same.

So, in my own writing, I’ve included the theme of a love triangle in the Jolie Wilkins series or love rectangle, as is the case with my Dulcie O’Neil series. I think multiple possibilities just add a delicious sense of drama to the storyline along with some tension and who doesn’t love drama and tension in fiction?

Outside of fiction, when I think about movies I loved, the two Bridget Jones movies come to mind—and the love triangle between Bridget, Daniel Clever and Mark Darcy. Part of the reason that movie was so fun was watching the triangle unfold with jealousy, misunderstandings and finally, resolution.

All in all, I love the idea of choices. Choices are a good thing and they add a level of intrigue to a story that makes for happy readers.


About H.P

I am a big, huge fan of anything paranormal. I get super excited whenever they have those Twilight Zone Marathon days, I've read every ghost book in existence and I think I've seen about every horror movie ever made.OK that's an exaggeration but trying to make a point. I started seriously writing about two years ago when I was living in Cambridge, England. Living in the U.K. really fueled my writing flame because the history is so intense, you can't help but feel like you're in a magical place. The first book I started in Cambridge was Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. Then I moved up to Edinburgh, Scotland and started working on my second book, To Kill A Warlock. Some of the places I visited really had a profound effect on me and I included those locations in my books. Now I'm back in the U.S. and trying to find time to write whenever I can. Between working in online marketing all day and raising a baby, time is scarce. (That's my disclaimer to all of you who are wanting the next books in the series like tomorrow! LOL) But, seriously, I am aiming to release a book in each of the series every six months--that's not so bad, right? My interests are varied but aside from writing, I'm most excited about traveling. Uncovering new places and learning about different cultures is pretty incredible. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to live abroad--what an amazing experience!

6 comments:

Ladybug07999 said...

Great blog post. Both HP and Belinda ROCK. You guys (gals) are AWESOME!

LMW said...

Love this post! And I have to say, while I was mostly tean Rand in HP's books there were moments when I wished Sinjin would just grab Jolie and have his way with her too!! It drove me insane!! haha Love her books! Can't wait to read more!

Anonymous said...

OMG THIS POST EXPLAINS ALOT ABOUT HP AND ABOUT HER PLACES HE LIKES TO WRITE ABOUT IN HER BOOKS AND I HAVE YET TO BEGAN THE DULCE SERIES BUT NO WORRIES I WILL HAHA
I MIST SAY TO BOOKISH SNOB AND HP YOU BOTH HAVE OPENED MY EYES TO ALOT OF NEW BOOKS AND I THANK YOU BOTH SO VERY MUCH
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BLHmistress said...

My fave triangle is Sookie, Bill and Eric (Team Eric) can't help it :)

April said...

I agree that it would be interesting to see more fictional and functional threesomes! I'd rather read about one heroine and two heroes too.

Great post! I'll have to check out your books soon! :)

Amy said...

Great post!
I like love triangles where it's not doomed from the start and the heroine favors one over the other. I like it when I have no idea who she'll choose!