Marji Laine

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Romance for the Librarian


Abby-ncisFor the poor repressed LIBRARIAN, romance is only something she reads about in books. She doesn’t interact with people in general so doesn’t expect to meet the guy. But I’ll tell you, that guy has to be a pretty unique sort to not only capture the LIBRARIAN’s attention, but also hold it! Because she’s inexperienced, though, she’s rather an empty slate with love and can work with several different types.

Example of a LIBRARIAN and WARRIOR relationshipLIBRARIAN and WARRIOR – You can find this match up between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in “True Lies.” The warrior will likely sweep a librarian off of her feet. But she’s a mouse. She’ll have to do some major changing to draw his romantic attention in the first place, let alone keep it. But if she can gain his interest, the WARRIOR is a loyal guy. She’ll keep it.

Example of a LIBRARIAN and SWASHBUCKLER relationshipLIBRARIAN and SWASHBUCKLER – This is the same type of relationship as with the WARRIOR, only minus the commitment, logic, compassion, etc. The movie “Romancing the Stone” is an example of this match-up, but both characters ended up with considerable changes by movie-end. Not sure it would have worked out otherwise.

LIBRARIAN and PROFESSOR – These two are cut from the same fabric. There won’t be any sparks here, no clashes unless they are on opposite sides of an issue, but they’ll mesh well with a long-lasting relationship. To almost everyone else, the PROFESSOR is a puppy, but the  LIBRARIAN will give him respect that he rarely receives from other character types.

LIBRARIAN and LOST SOUL – I don’t think the LOST SOUL is big enough to turn the head of the LIBRARIAN. Cowden suggested the TV show “X-Files” as an example of these two, but I’m not familiar with it. Any “X-Files” fans out there? What do you say?

LIBRARIAN and CHARMER – This is the match up from “The Music Man.” I can see the sparks here, from the effort it takes to break through the inhibitions that the LIBRARIAN holds. A challenge for the CHARMER, but I don’t see any reason for him to stay. In the “Music Man,” his staying broke character. Don’t tell me he fell in love with her, because she didn’t have enough personality to intrigue him. (Sweet Hubby would fuss at me for criticizing one of his favorite musicals. LOL!)

LIBRARIAN and BEST FRIEND – As is often the case with the BEST FRIEND, I’m not grooving with this match up. Cowden cites the movie, “The Truth About Dogs and Cats,” though I haven’t seen it. Though I did think of a couple of examples: Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and Andy Taylor’s relationship in “The Andy Griffith Show.” Those relationships aren’t the curl-your-toes type, but rather the enduring type. I’d prefer a match up that will give me both! (Yeah, I’m greedy like that!)

LIBRARIAN and BAD BOY – This one could be interesting. He’s desperate for someone to break through his walls. She’s got walls of her own – usually real ones. If they can ever break through, she’ll be able to value his unique expertise. He might appreciate her smarts as well, but it’s iffy. She’s persistent and calculating. Those are traits that he won’t tolerate for long, so unless one of them change, it’ll never last.

The King and I is an example of a LIBRARIAN and CHIEF relationship.LIBRARIAN and CHIEF – “The King and I.” Yep, the perfect example of this. Lots of sparks, lots of clashing. But in the end, both will have to change in order to have anything that will last. Of course that DIDN’T happen in “The King and I.” Epic Tragedy!

After analysis, I favor the WARRIOR and the BAD BOY as the most intriguing matches for the LIBRARIAN. I see the PROFESSOR and the BEST FRIEND as less exciting, but longer lasting relationships for her.

Your turn: Which hero would you put our little LIBRARIAN with? Which match up do you hate?

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.

2 thoughts on “Romance for the Librarian

  1. I must say prefer the Warrior or the Professor. 🙂


    • I do like the WARRIOR with this gal. He’s enough to shock her out of her little hole. And I think with her expertise, she can be of benefit to him. I don’t like her so much with the PROFESSOR. They’ll end up sharing their hermit hole. Sort of a luke warm taste to me.