Amber Argyle Guest Post-Love Triangles

Friday, May 13, 2011
Amber Argyle is here today with a Guest Post about Love Triangles! First lets see what her new Debut Book Witch Song is about.

The world is changing.
For thousands of years, witch song has controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons. But not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by the dark Witch, Espen.

As the last echoes of witch song fade, Espen grows stronger as winter and summer come within the space of a day. Now she’s coming for the one she missed—a shy, untrained girl of fifteen named Brusenna.

Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find Espen. Fight her. Defeat her.

Or there won’t be anything left to save.

Coming Out Sep. 1, 2011

In Which I Rant About Love Triangles
Like most YA book lovers, I <3 me a good love triangle. We readers put ourselves into the Main Character’s head, and who wouldn’t want to have two smoking hot guys that crave her? These guys generally fall into two categories: the best friend/safe/devoted guy and the unpredictable/dangerous/moody guy.
But I have to admit that lately I’m getting a little sick of it. Not of the love triangle itself, but of how predictable they are. I can pick up a book and tell you which guys she’s going to pick based on one thing: the kiss.
Really, if there’s huge, sparkly fireworks, that’s the guy she’s going to pick. If the kissing is meh, he’s out the door. Well guess what folks? I’ve been married for ten years. Eventually, most of the fireworks go away. Then what are you left with? Your best friend? Or the slightly dangerous guy you gave up everything for?
Cause in most YA love triangles, the girl rarely goes for her best friend. She goes for the trouble maker/dangerous guy/one she gave up everything for. Not the guy who asks for nothing in return but her love.
Okay, you want to know why this really drives me crazy? Cause I shudder to think teenage girls fall for it. If they make the decisions about a guy based on lust, danger, and cost, they’re going to be nothing but unhappy.
In real life, you don’t want the bad boy. You want to be married to your best friend. The guy who makes living with him easy. The guy who asks for nothing in return but love. Cause the looks and the fireworks are gonna go.
Now I know this is fiction. I get that. Reading about a girl falling for the hot/troublemaker is much more intense than reading about the girl who falls for the comfortable guy.
But it kinda takes all the fun out of things once you figure it out. Besides, do they all have to be that way? Can’t the best friend win, every once in a while?
If you know about a book where the best friend wins, let me know. Cause I want to read it.

About Amber

Amber Argyle grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing her debut novel.

She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters.

She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State University.

She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.

Her first novel, Witch Song, comes out Sept 1st 2011 by Rhemalda Publishing.

Check Amber out @

Witch Song is currently the 176th most anticipated book of 2011 on Goodreads


  1. Awesome post!

    Lately, I kind of begun to hate love triangles in books. Just like Amber said, they tend to be a little predictable - there's the cute, good guy, and then there's the hot, dangerous guy and the girl is torn until she picks the dangerous guy. *pulls hair out in frustration*. Of course, I know the whole process is much more intense and profound and dramatic and heart breaking etc... But overall, the idea is the same. Heck, I'd pick the dangerous hot guy too! But you know why? Because I could NEVER make that choice in real life. If I saw a guy like that, I'd run in the opposite direction. But in fiction... everything is possible!*dreamy sigh*

    Ok, I'm rambling already. Bottom line - I've had enough of love triangles, there's no book where the girl chooses the good guy, but he's always the perfect choice in Real Life.

    P.S. I hope I didn't make a fool of myself-are there any love triangles in Amber's books? I still like them when they're nicely done and bring the WOW element.:P

  2. Yes yes yes! I completely agree with this post! I'm tired of seeing the best friend falling by the way side; my book crushes never get picked! I thought something might be wrong with me, but in the end I decided it's the books that portray a skewed relationship in the end.

  3. I have been complaining about Love Triangles forever. While I see the point of them sometimes it just drives me crazy to have to go through them in every book. And they never pick the guy I want. Sometimes they do, but most of the time they don't.

    And they are too predictable..

  4. You know I don't read that many stories that have love triangles so it' snot that big of a deal, but I've noticed that dynamic. I think it makes for a better story interest. Most stories seem to sell the live your dreams punch. Maybe in part that is because what sells, but also I believe because we live in our stories (not just the authors) where we can not live in real life. So yes, we pick the safe loving partner in real life, but it's the adventure we have in our stories.

  5. The Wicked Lovely series actually does a great job with love triangles :). And its also the only one I can think of so I see the rarity here.

  6. Deea: I loved your comments. Like you said, the dangerous guys is never the choice you'd make in real life (I hope), so it's fun to live out the dangerous fantasy in books. But it take all the suspense out of it when all the MCs choose the dangerous guy. You know from the first introduction of two who's gonna get the girl. And Witch Song doesn't have any love triangles. Although my current WIP does and I'm trying to make it different. :)

    Jackie: Amen! Seriously, I was a Jacob (Twilight) and Puck (Iron King) fan, and neither one got the girl. I'm tired of "losing".

    Amber: I was really worried I'd stir up a hornet's nest with this post, so I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one that's getting really tired of this trend.

    Luke: Yeah, I don't see you as much of a "love triangle" kinda guy. ;) I agree with the dangerous element, but it's just starting to feel sooo predictable, ya know?

    Sandra: I did think of one other one: Forbidden Sea by Sheila Neilson. You should seriously all read that book. One of my favorite books of all time. I'm doing a giveaway in a few months.

  7. Not to offend anyone, but keep in mind many of these books are YA books, and I'm thinking most of the posters here are well out of high school and probably undergrad. If you are, be honest with yourself; which guy did you pick in high school/undergrad? :-)


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