Trope Tuesday: Love Triangle vs. Forbidden Romance

I am back with another Trope Tuesday battle and this week it is Love Triangle vs. Forbidden Love.   This one is an easier one for me to pick a winner because let’s be honest, I don’t love a love triangle.  However, there are some that aren’t annoying.   Forbidden love is one of my favorite tropes, it covers a lot of different things and it can be very fun.  

Love Triangle: 


When two people both love the same third person, and this third-person often love them both. The object of their love may be conflicted as to whom he/she wants, and generally, nobody emerges from these very happy. 

My Opinion:

Look I think it is universally agreed upon that Love Triangles suck.  They are usually pretty painful to read, and as the definition states no one really ends up happy, but especially the person who doesn’t get picked.   


Despite the fact that this is one of my least favorite tropes of all time, I do actually have some recommendations.  Most of these are not straight romances, because for the most part, those are extremely annoying.  

The Wives

The Wives

Chain of Gold

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

The Raven Cycle

Raven Cycle

P.S. I Still Love You

ps i still love you


Forbidden Romance


Two people who are attracted to one another but something forbids them to be together.  This is a very broad trope covering anything that could be deemed forbidden from taboo to dating your best friend’s younger sister.  

Why it’s great:

If you like angst, this trope is for you.  Often one if not both of the characters are dealing with the fact that they (in their minds) are doing something wrong. As I mentioned, this trope can take on many forms and it does tend to be one that is used often in romance.  However, this isn’t a trope only used in romance.  There is quite a bit of YA fantasy the relies heavily on this trope as well.  Though it can add extra drama, it can also add in comedy, which is what makes it so great.  Though a lot of the books in the trope are steamy, that isn’t always the case. 


Forbidden Romance is very popular in romance and it can be pretty dark and dramatic to something a little lighter.  My recommendations are all romance books and a mix of both heavy and light.  You will likely recognize a lot of them from my Wednesday posts.

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