Friday, July 09, 2010
Must Watch Friday: The Big Easy and Castle
Lee McKenzie investigates the appeal of two must-see mysteries: Castle and The Big Easy.
Let’s look at detective Remy McSwain and writer Richard Castle. These two men know exactly what they want, and they use their wit and charisma to manipulate others into gladly giving it to them. Like all Charmers, they are respected and looked up to by their families, generous to a fault, and often surrounded by a cadre of admiring friends and colleagues.
Put a Charmer and a Librarian in the same room and look out! There’s instant chemistry, but there’s also immediate conflict. It’s going to take these two a while to realize they both want the same thing, but even then their approach to getting it will be completely different. It’s when they realize that working together will help them achieve that goal that the two halves become the perfect whole.
Beckett’s common sense counters Castle’s wild speculations about whodunit, and yet they are so in sync, they frequently finish each other’s sentences.
There’s an exchange of dialogue in The Big Easy that I think perfectly sums up the Charmer/Librarian relationship.
Annie Osbourne: Never did have much luck with sex anyway.
Remy McSwain: Your luck’s about to change.
Castle and The Big Easy—two different stories, four very different characters, one perfect pairing. They’re not stereotypes, which sums up why we love stories based on these strongly crafted characters.
If you’re a writer, I highly recommend my favorite writing “how to” book, The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever and Sue Viders.
If you haven’t seen The Big Easy, rush out and rent the DVD! If you’re a fellow Castle fan, I’m sure you’ll be watching reruns every Wednesday night this summer and counting the days till season three returns in the fall.
Lee’s next Harlequin American Romance, Firefighter Daddy, will be in stores on July 13. She has a confession to make, though. Ever since she saw the cover, she’s been secretly calling it firefighter hottie.
You can visit Lee at her website and her blog, The Writer Side of Life.