Marji Laine

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Romance for the Spunky Kid

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Wednesday, I shared a scant analysis of the SPUNKY KID, a girl that has no enemies unless it’s someone who doesn’t like nice people. 

Gilligan-s-Island-Mary-Ann-classic-television-revisited-3727372-434-540But finding the right romantic partner for the SPUNKY KID is a totally different issue. The characters that best epitomize the SPUNKY KID to me are Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island, Lucy Moderatz from While You Were Sleeping, and Gidget. Are you familiar with those gals? Only Lucy had any luck in the love department for any duration. And she initially went after the wrong guy.

So I thought I’d delve into a possible romance between the SPUNKY KID and the hero archetypes that I’ve already analyzed. You can find details about each hero type at his link.

SPUNKY KID with the WARRIOR – this one has a good chance. They are different enough to set off some great fireworks while he gets used to working with a partner and she adapts to his stubbornness. The fact that they both value integrity and commitment will bind them together. Though the SPUNKY KID has trouble believing he could care for her, the WARRIOR commits completely and his concentrated attention will melt her heart. I could totally see Gidget go for Captain America. Swoon!

while-you-were-sleepingSPUNKY KID with the SWASHBUCKLER – it’ll never last. They might laugh their way through the journey, but in the end, She needs dedication in order to trust. He’s not the commitment type. Unless he can change pretty drastically, I don’t see this one working. What’s more, the similarity between the two will work for a good friendship, but there aren’t any sparks here. Mary Ann would never stand for the callousness of Rhett Butler or the foolhardy behavior of Thor, before his character change.

SPUNKY KID with the PROFESSOR – I don’t see it. She’s such a people person and he’s so … not. But they do share a deep sincerity, never having an ulterior motive. And both will end up admiring the other. If she can persuade him to have a little fun and he can convince her that she’s worthwhile, this type of match up just might have a chance. Funny how all of my examples of PROFESSORS are failures at love – Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Spock, Frasier Crane. I can’t see any of my SPUNKY KIDS with any of those characters.

Gidget61-1SPUNKY KID with the LOST SOUL – Another no-way relationship. First, I don’t think the sparkling SPUNKY KID will give much more than a passing glance at a depressing LOST SOUL. If he has some way to connect with her at a deeper level, she might be able to accept him, probably as a project. Her charm might heal the loneliness in his life, but I don’t see that he has much to offer her. Once the project is completed, only her dedicated commitment will keep her with him. Sounds like a doomed prospect. Though my examples for a LOST SOUL have more luck in love than the PROFESSORS, I still have trouble placing Gidget with the Humphrey Bogart character in “The African Queen” or even the Beast as in “Beauty and the.”

SPUNKY KID with the CHARMER – Friends, but nothing more. The number one thing she needs is sincerity and that’s the one thing he can’t give. She might be able to see through his masks and lies, but the fact that she can never trust him will destroy her. Unless her loyalty can touch him, can change him, this relationship has no chance. I could see Mary Ann falling for Remington Steele or “The Music Man,” but not for long. And she doesn’t have the depth to change him.

grease-posterSPUNKY KID with the BEST FRIEND – these two seem perfect for each other, but only if they can get beyond the friendship that will naturally build. She has an easy confidence with him that is missing with the other men. If he can cast off his laid back behavior and focus on her as a woman instead of a friend, there might be a chance.  Provided the pair can initiate a romance, the relationship can be very special, but that first speed bump might as well be a mountain if they aren’t willing to view each other as more than friends. I think this is the set up for “While You Were Sleeping.” The reason it worked is because Jack was hit with a romantic view of Lucy from the beginning because she was supposed to be his brother’s girlfriend. Funny how jealousy can bend a relationship. (Have I told you my love story? LOL!)

Television programme, pride and prejudice starring Colin Firth aSPUNKY KID with the BAD BOY – Hmm. He has little to offer except a profound devotion which he’ll pour out on her once he believes in her loyalty. And she is loyal, her number one trait. His devotion will draw her out, strengthening her confidence. Yep, this romance could be riveting! Think about “Grease,” though. Both of them were willing to give up their personal identities in order to draw in the other. He gave up his BAD BOY bravado, she cast aside her innocent standing. Made a great story, but I’m not really sure these two remained who they were at the beginning.

SPUNKY KID with the CHIEF – This match also has a good chance. From different worlds, he is all business and she is all people. Yet their dedication to duty and responsibility can bind them together. Because they’re both completely dependable, they have an easy foundation on which to build. His attention and encouragement makes her sparkle, while her laughter brings sunshine into his life. Yes, this relationship seems to have the perfect mix of conflict and chemistry. This match up makes me think of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Your Turn: Can you think of any couples that match these combinations. Maybe you know of one that worked that shouldn’t have? (In my opinion) By all means share your thoughts.

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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