Monday, December 7, 2009

Supernatural Love Triangles

I’m sure I’m not the only person to notice the trend that’s been going on in paranormal romance for the past decade or more. It’s the interspecies love triangle. Specifically the vampire, the werewolf, and the human female. Most recently we’ve all seen it in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series with the fanged Edward, fury Jacob and conflicted human Bella. But the situation has been around for awhile. Take Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series that started out with Anita the (then) human, Jean-Claude the vampire and Richard the werewolf. Then there’s the series I’m reading right now, Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. Sookie is torn between a vampire and a shapeshifter. Actually, Sookie is caught in a love pentagon. She’s got two weres sniffing at her skirts (Sam and Alcide) and two vamps wanting to exchange two fanged hickies (Bill and Eric). What’s a girl to do?

So what’s up with this? While all the players involved are human at some point, we’re definitely talking apples and oranges. Or more like wolves, coyotes and toy poodles. Sure, they’re all in the canine family but you don’t find them interbreeding. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good vampire/human romance and there’s a certain animal magnetism to the werewolf/human romance, but I’m not sure where the idea came to intermingle all three. But if we’re going to do it, why not have a Gozdilla/King Kong/human triangle? Oh, wait. I think the Japanese already did that one. How about the Creature from the Black Lagoon/The Loch Ness Monster/human triangle? What? That doesn’t do it for you? Hmmm. Maybe the fanged and the fury is as far as it goes.

Or maybe not. If you could create your own supernatural love triangle, who (or what) would the lovers be?


  1. Yeah, you're right about the allure of this triangle thing. Although it's not quite a paranormal triangle, I really enjoy Stephanie Plum, Ranger and Joe Morelli. It's great fun. Good post.