I am a fan of the Ruth Galloway mystery series written by Elly Griffiths. I am about to talk about two of the characters in the book, so there will be a little spoiler about them, but I am not going to divulge anything about the mysteries or cases or whatever.
The main character is obviously Ruth Galloway. RG is a forensic archaeologist and University lecturer. DCI Nelson is the requisite police friend that every mystery series seems to have. Also true to course, RG and Nelson have a wicked sexual chemistry.
Nelson is married.
RG and Nelson conceive a child together.
Nelson stays with his gorgeous wife.
Through the course of thirteen novels RG and Nelson are attracted to one another and occasionally succumb to desires.
So what are we going to discuss today?
In real life, are there circumstances where two people are just drawn to one another? Or is this just a convenient way to add depth and texture to a book?
We will ask the soul mate question yet again- do they exist and if you find yours, should you forsake all else and just be with them?
As readers, are we supposed to root for the illicit lovers, or are we supposed to want them to stay with their present partners and forget about “the one”?
Griffiths includes much canoodling in this particular series. Upon reading the last novel, I can already see the threads of having a different character cheat on their spouse (actually, now that I’m thinking about it, there’s more than one character heading in that direction) Cheating on your partner is probably more prevalent than murder in these novels.
In these books, the person most likely to start the illicit relationship is the female character. Are we supposed to feel that the women are empowered because they are the initiators because they are doing what feels right for them? Or are we labeling them home wrecker and having them wear a big A on their chest?
Pick any, or all, of these options and give me your feelings.
added note: if you are a regular reader, you will know that I posted a blog about connecting idea dots…
Consider my post about WAP the first dot…
Now consider this post the second dot…
There will be a third dot, and probably a fourth dot…