Veronica Rossi explains why three is not a crowd when she writes about one of the hottest couples in YA lit, Aria and Perry from the Under the Never Sky trilogy.
I love a great romance.
Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy? Yes, please.
Rose and Jack in Titanic? Heartbreaking in the best possible way.
What YA fan can resist the chemistry between Divergent's Tris and Four? And who isn't counting the days to see that chemistry play out on the big screen?
As much as much I love a great couple, I love-love great friendships. I knew before I began the Under the Never Sky series that I would include both: an epic love story and epic friendships. Peregrine (Perry) and Aria are the focal couple in the trilogy, but it pleases me immensely that many of my readers respond to the bro-mance between Perry and his best friend, Roar, as well as the platonic friendship that forms between Roar and Aria.
Let’s talk love triangles for a moment. You're familiar with these, I'm sure. The romantic relationship that suddenly becomes shaky when a new player is introduced. However, geometrically speaking, triangles can actually be quite stable. I loved that idea--the concept that by introducing a third party, the resulting dynamic might be strengthened, instead of weakened.
Some of you might remember the classic movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It starred Robert Redford and the late, great Paul Newman. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Few films capture romantic and platonic love as powerfully.
The film is about Sundance and Butch, two outlaws who are the best of buddies.
There’s also a strong female character, Etta, who is Sundance’s love, and Butch’s dear friend. The “triangle” these three characters form is utterly fantastic. Each of the characters cares for and trusts one another deeply. They are magic on the screen, unforgettable, and I fell in love with how they were better as a trio, than as individuals. They prove that three isn’t always a crowd.
It was my goal to bring that dynamic to Peregrine, Aria, and Roar in the Under the Never Sky series. I hope I achieved that. And I hope you enjoy the final book in the series, Into the Still Blue.