Thursday, June 23, 2005

True love & ideology (or doormat heroine)

Finished Frisco's Kid last night. Quick & mostly satisfying. I only have two issues. The heroine, Mia, is portrayed as being very anti gun & iffy on military men. I am supposed to believe that in one week she has set aside her pacifist, liberal principals to a) fall in love with & b) be willing to marry a gun toting professsional Navy seaman (couldn't resist, sorry) who intends to continue his career teaching others the SEAL credo- which is, in no way, pacifist or anti weapon.

Please understand, I am not putting her down for her beliefs. My eyebrows are raised in surprise that S. Brockmann would pair a liberal pacifist & a professional combat trained military man & then ask us, her loyal fans, to believe that in one week they decided they could set aside their political & ideological differences & agree to marry.

This pairing of polar opposites is common in 'real life' as evidenced by the well known political couple Mary Matalin & James Carville ( conservative Republican & liberal Democrat respectively). Here is a link describing them for anyone whose memory may be faulty, at Campus Times.
Back to Mia & Alan. I simply feel a week is too short a time for such a dramatic change.

The other 'minor quibble'- ok, maybe not so minor. Why is it mainly the heroine who miraculously sets aside her beliefs & convictions to get her man? You know, 'cuz no sex no matter how incredible & mind blowing, would ever cause me to set aside my beliefs & convictions. Now, I'm sure there must be at least one hero out there in Romanceland who has changed or set aside his convictions for his piece of ass ( sorry, soulmate), but I've yet to read about him.

Why is it always wrong for the heroine to simply have a week or whatever of hot, mind blowing sex & then say, "You know, I just can't agree with your ____ fill in the blank, but it was fun." Then move on & find some other hot guy who's closer to her? Does a week of pure, unadulterated sex automatically make her a whore?!

The relationship aspect, aside from this, is well done. The little girl is surprisingly realistic & is a major catalyst for the relationship, for Alan & for Mia.

There you have it everyone. My take on Suzanne Brockmann's 'Frisco's Kid'.

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