I have mentioned love triangles on this blog before and characteristics of why I love them. But I decided to talk about them again. Below I will talk about what makes a strong and memorable love triangle.
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Complexity- this is very important. Complexity tends to come from unrequited love. No matter what happens you cannot satisfy all the characters. Complexity also can come from someone else. In Wicked’s love triangle, the complexity actually comes from Fiyero due to the role he plays. There is always conflict in a love triangle due to unrequited love. Unrequited love is heartbreaking and can be filled with loneliness, anger, and other emotions. Like in Wicked’s situation, it is the most complex of all the love triangles I have come across. Complexity also depends on how the love triangle is set up. Every character in Wicked is complex and yes even Fiyero is complex even though it doesn’t seem that way. In Les Mis’, it seems like only Eponine is complex, but Marius is also complex and just like Fiyero, he doesn’t seem complex, but after I read the book, I realized Marius is more complex than he appears to be. So complexity helps make me love a love triangle.
Characters- the characters found in the love triangle can play a role. For example, in Phantom of the Opera, the Phantom makes the love triangle very dark and mysterious and then there is Christine and Raoul, who were childhood sweethearts and have eventually fallen in love. In the love triangle in Les Mis, Eponine’s story revolves around unrequited love and how she responds is wonderful to watch plus Marius and Cosette help bring hope to the tragic story. In Wicked’s, it is dealing with two best friends (Elphaba and Glinda), who have a beautiful relationship and are strong characters. Then there is Fiyero, who throws a gigantic curveball into the equation.
Uniqueness- it helps when there is something unique about each love triangle. That is referring to the fact that you don’t want every love triangle to be the same. For instance in Phantom’s love triangle, it is very dark and mysterious, but angelic and beautiful at the same time.
Than there is Les Mis’ love triangle, which is full of hope and light but full of heartbreak and pain. Marius and Cosette help bring light to this tragic tale and they are such a beautiful couple. Eponine is unique for two things: 1) the fact that she is a Thenardier and 2) how she responds to the unrequited love.
In Wicked, it is dealing with two best friends, but the most unique thing is the plot twist that happens in act II. In Wicked, Elphaba has unrequited love for Fiyero in act I, but Fiyero throws a big curveball in the equation when he realizes his feelings for Elphaba in act II so you have an unrequited love shift going on.
Songs- the songs help a lot. With Les Mis’ love triangle, you have the gorgeous “A Heart Full of Love”. The unique thing about that song is that during most of the song, it is a duet between Marius and Cosette and towards the end with Eponine joins in, you feel for all three of them. Eponine’s unrequited love song, “On My Own”, allows you to get a glimpse of her life outside of Marius and shows you just how strong her love for Marius is.
In Wicked, the two songs found in the love triangle are “I’m Not That Girl” and “As Long as Your’e Mine”. Elphaba sings the unrequited love song, “I’m Not That Girl” in act I and she does admit in the song that she doesn’t think she is good enough for Fiyero because she is green and she sings the song literally right after realizing that she in falling love with him and she accepts it rather quickly knowing her best friend is in a relationship with him. Than you get to act II and Fiyero breaks up with Glinda realizing he loves Elphaba instead of Glinda. Glinda ends up singing a reprise of “I’m Not That Girl” since she now has unrequited love for Fiyero. “As Long as Your’e Mine” is the love song between Elphaba and Fiyero and it does show that Elphaba and Fiyero have matured and shows that they do love each other. So Wicked is a very complicated and fascinating love triangle.
In Phantom, “All I Ask of You” is such a gorgeous song. It shows just how beautiful Christine and Raoul are as a couple. Phantom ends up singing a reprise of that song and the song becomes heartbreaking.