Marji Laine

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Romance for the Free Spirit


Last week I had so much fun conjuring up romances for the SPUNKY KID, I decided I needed to do that for all of the heroines. Maybe it will help them to steer clear of the guys who will be totally wrong for them! Through the summer, my Thursday posts will be the romances set up by the Wednesday posts heroines. You won’t want to miss these. Yesterday, we discussed the FREE SPIRIT. I confess, I see her more often in supporting roles than in the main character position. She’s definitely a hard one to pin down when it comes to romance! The primary examples we had for this type were Lucille Ball in “I Love Lucy,” Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” and Jane Austen’s Emma. We’ll be using these three gals to combine with the examples from our heroine archetypes.

FREE SPIRIT and WARRIOR – this is a bird and a fish, set up for plenty of conflict opportunities. Sparks will definitely fly as the loner WARRIOR adjusts to the flighty FREE SPIRIT. They will find each other irresistible if they can stand to hang together long enough. His honor and her loving heart draw them into a strong bond. I think the Scarlet Pimpernel includes this match up.

220px-Indiana_Jones_and_the_Temple_of_Doom_PosterBFREE SPIRIT and SWASHBUCKLER – not a good bet. I think of Indiana Jones. His leading lady in “The Temple of Doom” was a perfect example of a FREE SPIRIT. Plenty of conflict at the beginning and a tight romance at the end. However, I don’t think this is the norm for this combination.

FREE SPIRIT and PROFESSOR – A hero that I just don’t see in a romantic relationship, and if the WARRIOR and the FREE SPIRIT are bird and fish, then the PROFESSOR AND FREE SPIRIT is bird and a rock. Can you imagine Lucy Ricardo with Sherlock Holmes? He will have no tolerance for the silliness of the woman, and she will not be interested in a brilliance that overwhelms her. Half the time she can’t even understand him. No chance.

FREE SPIRIT and LOST SOUL – this one has possibilities. As with the SPUNKY KID from last week, the FREE SPIRIT has a light and joy that he desires. Unlike last week’s match up, he does have something to offer the FREE SPIRIT. They share an eccentricity that holds them as outcasts – equals. He grounds her; his depression softens to a steady soothing personality. While I don’t see blatant sparks between them, these two can become a great couple. Trouble is, I can’t think of a single example. Can you?

emma-jane-austenFREE SPIRIT and CHARMER – because she is more trusting than the SPUNKY KID, this relationship actually has a chance. Think of how well Lucy Ricardo from “I Love Lucy” and Shawn Spencer from “Psych” would have gotten along. Both willing to do the most outlandish things. Creative and gregarious, this couple would light up a room. If he can let himself love, this woman can draw him in. That’s a big if, though, for someone who has trouble with sincerity. I’m thinking Bonnie and Clyde fit this combination, and we all know how that turned out, but it was a wild ride while it lasted.

FREE SPIRIT and BEST FRIEND – I’m humdrum about this match-up. On the one hand, he offers stability, but she’ll find that boring before long. On the other hand, she’s exciting, spontaneous, stimulating, and way too over the top for him. However, this very combination worked in excellence in Jane Austen’s Emma. She looked at the world through her own “Pollyanna” filter and flitted from one project to another, sure of herself and her abilities. Meanwhile, her BEST FRIEND, Knightly, constantly berated and instructed her, finally shaming her to tears. Not sure if it was at that point that he realized just how much he loved her or if the feelings had built over time. For her, it was the realization of his interest in another woman, that little flare of jealousy, that made her think of him in terms of romance rather than friendship. And once initiated, the romance had deep enough roots to continue.

i-love-lucy-tv-historyFREE SPIRIT and BAD BOY – Another pair that I do’t see happening. While she might be game enough to join in his rule-breaking, she’ll never do it with a sneer and he’ll never be the type to be happy. I think both of them are wise enough to know that while there will be an attraction between two uninhibited people, they have little to build on. I just can’t see Ren McCormick from “Footloose” or Han Solo from “Star Wars” interested in a Darling like Emma or Ariel and certainly not a Comedian like Lucy.

FREE SPIRIT and CHIEF – this match could work. He needs her delight and joy. She needs his focus and strength. The sparks in this relationship would be visual as neither type can be ignored. Both with dynamic spirits and strong wills, they will clash in a delicious mix of chemistry and attraction. This is, after all, the match from “The Little Mermaid” and “I Love Lucy.” Yummy.

So there you have it. My vote is the FREE SPIRIT and the CHIEF for best romantic connection. Connection with a LOST SOUL would be me second choice, though I think matching her with a BEST FRIEND, CHARMER, or WARRIOR will work.

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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