love triangle losers

You know what season it is, right? Exactly—a new season for original movies on The Hallmark Channel (“THC”). THC is my most favorite television network for modern romantic comedies and this year they’ve really upped their game with new releases of movies with an autumn theme.

One of my favorite things to do when I have extended “me” time, besides write, is binge-watch television and lucky for me, there were three new Hallmark movies on this Saturday. I devoured all three of them and predict I will watch them again and again (and again), but I thought of something while watching that had never occurred to me before. Do not read the next paragraph if you do not want spoilers for Autumn Dreams or A Country Wedding (although, spoiler alert: both end with a happy ever after. It is THC after all).

In Autumn Dreams, our hero Ben cancels his wedding at the last minute (literally the weekend of) to reunite with his teenage love. In A Country Wedding, the country star cancels his wedding to a famous actress the day before the wedding to declare his love to a childhood friend. As viewers, we root for these couples to get together, but what happened to the jilted fiancé? Was she heartbroken? Pissed? Did she eventually find love too? Ben’s successful fiancé seemed like she was used to getting what she wanted. Well, she wanted to marry Ben and that didn’t happen. And how would an A-list actress really react to being jilted at the altar? With her connections, did she shame her ex-betrothed all over social media and tell the public of his unimpressive “endowment”?

It occurred to me, while watching these highly entertaining, feel-good movies, that while we see our hero and heroine blissfully in love, we never know (or care) about the love triangle loser.

These small screen movies brought to mind jilted lovers in classic big screen romantic comedies. In Sleepless in Seattle, whatever happened to Annie’s allergy-afflicted boyfriend, Walter, after she ditched him for Sam? In You’ve Got Mail, did Kathleen’s ex-boyfriend, journalist Frank get together with the talk show host he flirted with on the air while attempting to save the Little Shop Around the Corner? Did Joe’s egocentric girlfriend Patricia go ballistic when he dumped her after they got stuck in the elevator? We all saw Joe and Kathleen kiss in Riverside Park and Sam and Annie lock eyes and hands at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day, but no one gave any thought to the lovers they left behind.

I think someone should write a book about the love triangle losers. Perhaps I will add it to my “To write” list…unless someone beats me to it.

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