As the great philosopher, J. Geils was heard to ruminate, “You love her but she loves him, and he loves somebody else. You just can’t win.”  It’s a truism that is even truer if you’re a fictional character, as “Love Triangle” ranks right up there with “Hollywood Amnesia” and “Evil Twin” on the list of things that inexplicably just keep happening.  Whether it’s Bella/Jacob/Edward or Maryann/Skipper/Professor or, lord help us, Orem/Torq/Ket, there’s always gonna be conflict when three people share attractions, leading to today’s triangular query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still thinks so many of these situations would be perfectly resolved by non-monogamy, but whaddayagonnado, asking: Is there a love triangle in fiction that actually works for you?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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