Love triangles are a standard conflict in many novels, because they are usually very high on emotion. Here is a list of 15 books with love triangles. Books are from a variety of genres which use this conflict to elevate the book to the next level.
15 Books With Love Triangles | All Time Best Love Triangle Stories:
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
- Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
- The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
- The Years After You by Emma Woolf
- The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
This trilogy gives perhaps the finest fantasy love triangle, with the human Bella oscillating between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. This is also perhaps the one book where there are as many supporters of the ‘other guy’ as of the primary love interest.
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The protagonist of this book marries her high school sweetheart after a passionate whirlwind affair. But his disappearance forces her home where she falls into a calmer and more stable love with a bookshop owner.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
The clumsy and overweight Bridget Jones has to make a touch choice between two seemingly handsome and charming young men.
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
The peculiar love triangle in this story follows the love story of a woman who realizes she is a bisexual and deserts her husband. Thus the love triangle here is of a woman caught between her husband and an attractive other woman.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is primarily a dystopian fiction trilogy taking place in a world where two nominees from each district must compete in a deadly competition where only one shall survive. Katniss Everdeen, our protagonist must choose between her best friend Gale, and fellow nominee Peeta Mellark.
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
Murakami’s tender novel is an ode to young romance. The protagonist of this book meets his love interest as a child, and begins pining for her despite being married. He must either be infidel or let go of his love.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This classic novel basically follows the quest of Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters to find a suitable husband. Here, Elizabeth must choose between the broody Darcy and charismatic Wickham.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
In the second part of this romance trilogy, Lara Jean has to make a choice between her popular boyfriend Peter and an ex-crush and fellow nerd who resurfaces in her life.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The protagonist of this story must choose between her mother’s choice for an arranged marriage and the boy of another religion she falls for.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This is the story of a Latin American woman who falls in love at a tender age and then goes on to marry someone else. Towards the end of her life, she gets back together with her past lover, completing the love triangle.
Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
In this book, the gorgeous Willow fake dates Nozomi Nagai in order to get back at her nasty ex, but this only complicates the love triangle.
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This is a retelling of the Indian epic Mahabharata but adds to it an element of forbidden romance. The protagonist of this story, Draupadi is married to Arjun but gets secretly attracted to Arjun’s enemy and brother, Karna.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
This existential novel follows the complex relationships between married couple Tereza and Tomas, Tomas’ mistress Sabina and her dutiful lover Franz. Alternating between the perspectives of these characters, Kundera crafts the story of a man torn between two loves.
The Years After You by Emma Woolf
This is the story of marital infidelity in which a man cheats on his new wife with his assistant. This has implications on his mental health and relationships.
The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith
This is the first book in the Vampire Diaries series, and follows the love triangle between Damon, Stefan and Elena. Damon and Stefan are brothers and mysterious vampires, and Elena is a simple girl caught between the two.
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