Friday, May 6, 2011

Author Guest Post: Ramona Wray On Love Triangles

Hey, everyone! Today I have Ramona Wray, the author of Hex, here to talk about love triangles. Thanks for coming, Ramona, and take it away! Check out my review of Hex later today.

Like most girls at Rosemound High School, seventeen-year-old Lily Crane is acutely aware of Ryder Kingscott. Hands down the cutest guy in school, Ryder is cool, mysterious, and utterly untouchable…especially for Lily. For when she touches someone, Lily instantly learns all about their lives. And while such a skill might seem nifty, in truth it is wrecking Lily’s life.

So she is shocked when Ryder asks her out — and even more shocked to discover he has a rival. Lucian Bell is the gorgeous new kid who can’t take his eyes off of Lily. Being pursued by two hotties should make a girl happy, but Lily is skeptical. The boys act as if they’ve met before, hating each other with a passion that could only be rooted in a dark, dangerous past. A past full of terrible secrets. The kind of secrets that could get a girl killed.
Hi guys. Thank you, Liz, for having me and for giving me the opportunity to explain why Hex is built around a love triangle. It's a great topic, thank you so much for choosing it.

I?d like to start by saying how much I love the classics - and by this, I mean, everything: books, music, movies, 67 Mustangs, you name it. The love triangle is also a classic, in literature -Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as well as some of the Sonnets, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and so on. And, like I said, I love the classics :-)

A love triangle is probably one of the most fertile grounds for a writer. First of all, it's a social situation, and depending on the story, it can be awkward, hilarious, scandalous, or heartbreaking. In any case, it's guaranteed to give the writer tons of material to work with. Most importantly, it will be the kind of material that always triggers an emotional response in the reader. And this brings us to the heart of the matter - any story, but particularly a love story, should be emotional. As such, it should be tense, unpredictable, and flow like a dance. Step, breathe in, twirl, stop, breathe out. Characters have to first dance around each other, before dancing together. Because once they're dancing together, the tension is automatically cut in half; at this point, there are two ways to make up for it: ONE, you add secondary suspenseful plots or, TWO, you add a third player. A love story where the protagonists are already together, and everything is A-OK, is unremarkable, unfortunately. Adding a third protagonist will keep things interesting.

I had another reason for writing a love triangle in that I knew it would be fun to write a girl caught between two boys. People are capable of the most amazing reactions when backed into a corner like that; from a psychological angle, this made Lily very interesting to me. What was she going to do? Slip up? Waver? Stray? Choose the wrong guy? And, of course, my favorite of all questions in terms of character building, why? What went on in her head that led to her choices?

To make a long story short, love triangles are compelling. To write, and read, and ramble about later on :-) I'll probably have another go at crafting one, at some point in the future because ... well, because I just can?t help myself. :D

Happy reading, guys!

Romanian-born (no known association with vampires). Compulsive reader. Barely decent, but extremely lucky wife. Doting mother (of the worst kind). Hooked on YA literature. Music lover. Indie soul. Warrior-tempered. Industrious writer. Smart mouth. Perpetual optimist.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, Liz, for having me on your blog :-)

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