Do you wish for fairy tale endings where the man and woman fall in love and walk off into the sunset to live happily ever after?
Wait, I’m talking about in your favorite book and on your favorite TV show not real life. I’ve mentioned before that I only keep up with a few TV shows. A couple of those shows feature a male and female lead.
For the most part I can’t help but want these characters to get together. The chemistry is there, that spark that makes them work so well together (thanks also to the great writing team).
One example is on Castle. The characters of Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) have a yin and yang relationship. They build the case they are working off of each other and finish each other’s sentences.
You see the attraction grow between them, as well as see the jealousy rise when others get near. But yet, nothing has really happened between them.
Another example is on Bones. You have FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) working with forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel).
Their’s is a more complicated case because Booth has revealed that he loves Bones. You get the impression that she loves him but can’t show it.
In both shows, I’d love to see the main characters as a couple. However, I know that probably won’t work. It’s happened before. Does anyone remember Moonlighting? When Maddie and David got together the show lost it’s spark.
Is it the same way in books? I don’t think so. In romance books the lead man and woman always get together and they do live happily ever after. That’s one reason we read them. There may be twists, turns, complications and some heartbreak along the way but in the end they will be together.
With mysteries and thrillers it’s a little different, especially if there is a series involved. One such series that comes to mind is Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series. Starting with the first book, protagonist Clare Cosi and Detective Mike Quinn have had an attraction to each other. With each book that attraction has grown until they are now dating.
I guess what it really all comes down to is the writing, especially with the TV shows. It’s that dialogue between the characters that draws our interest in. It’s their interaction that creates the spark that we’d like to see grow into a flame.
As a writer do you include a touch of romance in your work, even if it’s a murder mystery? Do you plan for your characters to become a couple or do they just work their way together?
Am I alone in wanting Bones and Booth, and Beckett and Castle to get together, but at the same time don’t want to lose any of either show’s spark?
BTW, thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday‘s post. The gift certificate seems to be the most popular choice of a product giveaway item. I’ll be checking into the matter and hopefully have something to report back soon.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday. Be sure to check back tomorrow for Sunday Salon. My review will be on Emeril Lagasse's FARM TO FORK: COOKING LOCAL, COOKING FRESH cookbook that was just released June 1. The review will also include a couple of great recipes from the book. Be sure to share that smile again today. :)