Love Triangles

So, I really don´t like how everything has to have some romance in it and how that romance then usually comes in a triangle. Any hint at a love triangle is met with an exasperated sigh from me.

However, there are some love triangles I actually enjoy or at least respect. Here are some of them:

1. It ends poly: If every side is in love with every other side. Everyone loves each other. This is a healthy and wholesome relationship. The romance is a subtle sideplot, never the center. This is good. It´s the nut slice of love triangles.

2. It ends with everyone killing each other. I´m a sucker for the old Eteocles and Polynices plot, so if the transition from “lovebirds” to “sticking axes into each others craniums” makes sense, this can save a lot of romances.

3. Your typical “Straight white girl has to choose between two boys” love triangle, but she is the only one who thinks of it as a love triangle. The boys are gay. They are dating. The girl is the weird straight friend who doesn´t get that the boys are not just really good friends.

4. It is a time travel story or something similar. The three people are the same person. They never figure it out. The reader is screaming at them for their stupidity.

5. At least one of the people involved isn´t actually sentient, at least one is a literal tree, and one is an alien lifeform.

6. All sides love the other two sides, but are too shy to do anything about it. It´s never resolved and only mentioned as a side note, or possibly a footnote.

7.It is not a love triangle, but at least a love dodecahedron. Its sheer complexity, more convoluted than a biochemistry book written by Lovecraft, earns my respect. I probably won´t read it, but I respect the author´s dedication,

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In Greek mythology, Polynices was the son of Oedipus and Jocasta. His wife was Argea. His father, Oedipus, was discovered to have killed his father and married his mother, and was expelled from Thebes, leaving his sons Eteocles and Polynices to rule. Because of a curse put on them by their father, Oedipus, the sons, Polynices and Eteocles, did not share the rule peacefully and died as a result by killing each other in a battle for the control of Thebes.

While Eteocles ruled Thebes, Polynices visited first king Theseus in Athens, then king Adrastus in Argos, where he married Argea, the king’s daughter, after he raped her. He enlisted Adrastus’ help in attacking Thebes. Polynices engendered the support of the prophet Amphiaraus by offering his wife Eriphyle the cursed necklace of Harmonia. The Seven Against Thebes then attacked Thebes, but were ultimately unsuccessful. During the attack on Thebes, Polynices and Eteocles engaged in single combat. Both brothers struck each other down.

  • richard madden as polynices