This year for the A to Z Challenge, I'm investigating emotions and reactions and their use to in writing. So, I'll be talking about my first thoughts as a writer when I think about the words we use to describe emotions and my experience of their use in literature.
love, lust & loathing
love: a strong feeling of affection, tenderness, warmth, intimacy.
lust: strong sexual desire, ardour, passion..
loathing: a feeling of intense dislike or disgust.
Okay, so maybe I'm being greedy at having three emotions today, but that's because I think they appear so often together. Who of us hasn't read, or watched ye olde love triangle being played out for us, in which there is undoubtedly a good mix of all three emotions.
Male, or female, lust usually kicks these things off, a flash of eyes, a nice smile, a good body, all these can attract attention from a distance - or maybe it is the demonstration of someone's intelligence that gets the old passions flowing. I'd say this is what we call love at first sight.
Hopefully, if we're enjoying our read/watch, that gets followed by love, a developing emotion, something that blossoms with time and understanding. This kind of attachment goes deeper than the surface, making a connection between two people.
And then of course, in the classic three-way affair, there are two people in love with the same person. This is where loathing comes in, because rivalry can very quickly become dislike, may even start out that way. If anyone has been watching Poldark, or indeed has read the books, then you'll have seen this in developing, in fact, there are two mixing, the first of which definitely has its fair share of loathing Ross Poldark comes back from the American War of Independence to reclaim his sweetheart, Elizabeth, only to find her betrothed to his cousin, Francis, whom she marries. This brings tensions, since Francis is jealous and possessive whenever he sees Ross with Elizabeth.
These three emotions can be played with in many combinations, lust to bring desire and passion into a story, love to bind the characters together and loathing to tear them apart.
QUESTION: What's the best developed love-triangle you've ever read/watched?
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