Marji Laine

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5 Romantic Mash-ups: What Might Have Been


heartI couldn’t help myself. After writing for weeks about heroines and the best romantic matches with them, I had to create a few of my own. Not sure these are perfect pairs. Maybe you can come up with a few others?

Gilligan’s Island:

Gilligan-s-Island-Mary-Ann-classic-television-revisited-3727372-434-540What if Maryann got together with the Professor?

SPUNKY KID with a … well, PROFESSOR. She’s enough of a goof-ball to bring some sparkle into his life. Goodness knows he needs it. But I’m not sure he’ll ever pull his head out of his projects long enough to notice her. And I SURE don’t think she can ever be intelligent enough to impress him. Though that possibility might make for a fun story.

Murder, She Wrote:

What if Jessica Fletcher finally settled on Doc Hasslett?

They weren’t together? Coulda fooled me! Seriously, Doc Hasslett, another PROFESSOR type only this time a grouchy one, needs mothering. And the only person that Jessica Fletcher, a classic FREE SPIRIT, seemed to fall for swept her clean off her feet. (The fact that he was a murderer, notwithstanding.) He was a CHARMER, though. Oh and the only other guy she seemed beguiled by, that British insurance investigator, was a big-time CHARMER too. Doc Hasslett is anything but charming. But they make a charming friendship.

Perry Mason:

MasonPerry6What if Perry Mason gave in to Della Street?

Super-charged! The feelings that these two have for each other shows through the series and continues through the movies. I never understood why Perry Mason never acted on his affection. Unless the take-charge BOSS couldn’t take the chance on something he might not be able to control. And risking his invaluable Girl-Friday to a romance was an unacceptable gamble. For Della Street’s part (who was a NURTURER if ever I saw one) she got the nice gifts, the evenings out, and the undying devotion of her employer, even if she did have to seek romance elsewhere. I think this relationship could have been stellar! It’s a shame Erle Stanley Gardner didn’t indulge in a little romance writing!

Or Maybe Della accepted Paul Drake’s attentions?

Unlike Perry Mason, Paul Drake (who was a SWASHBUCKLER, loving the thrill of the hunt) had the flirtations going on. He always had an eye for a beautiful girl and he didn’t miss Della Street’s assets. But Della deserved more than just the shallow attentions of the private investigator. And Paul would never have tolerated her care-taking for long. ICK.


hawkeyeandmargaretWhat about Hawkeye Pierce and Margaret Houlihan?

Okay, I cheated on this one, because they did get together for a two-part episode during the middle of the series. This match up is all chemistry and no substance. They ended up having a real affection for one another before the ending, sort of an understanding, but I still don’t buy a lasting relationship here. She’s not at all what he needs – I’m not sure ANYONE could be what he needs. They would clash more than get along just for stubbornness sake. She, being a CRUSADER needed a WARRIOR to give her a good match – someone strong enough, but devoted to her. Even though she married a soldier, he wasn’t a WARRIOR, just a CHARMER in fatigues.

Your Turn: This was fun, but I bet you have some ideas of romances that never were but could have been. Share them with me!

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 “5 Romantic Mash-ups: What Might Have Been

  1. How about Lucy and Schroeder? Marsha Brady and Davy Jones? What fun!


    • LOVE those possibilities. Okay, Lucy and Schroeder – a Boss and a Professor. He’ll never be the attentive hero that she desires. She’ll continue to drive him away, unless she can find some way to impress him. If she makes herself valuable to him in some way, it might work out.

      Ha! And Marsha Brady and Davy Jones? Hope reigns! LOL!