Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wedding Bells…or Maybe Not…

Hi, Duffy Brown here.

Yesterday was release day for Demise In Denim the fifth book in the Consignment Shop mysteries. Thank you all for making it a really fun release day! Yippee…what a blast!

But here’s the question I’ve been wresting with.

For those of you who haven’t read the series there’s this gal, Reagan Summerside who got kicked to the curb by her ex. A hunky attorney Walker Boone represented Reagan’s ex in the divorce settlement and all Reagan got was a rundown house and a fistful of bills. This wasn’t so much that Boone was a terrific attorney but that Reagan was young, stupid and in love
and signed a prenup.

Okay, so Reagan really didn’t like Boone at first. More like she wanted his head on a silver platter but as time and books progressed and their paths crossed and they saved each other’s bacon a few times they’ve gotten close.

So here’s the question... Do you think they should get married as the books go on or just keep the sexual tension and lively bantering going on? If you watch Castle on TV they finally got married. But do you think it ruins the give and take? The ability to get mad and walk away?

My books are not the only ones with this situation and I’d like to see what you think should happen. Should the relationship go on for like fifteen books? Personally I cannot see any man that I know putting up with that. But does it ruin the story if they do get hitched?

If you’ve already read Demise in Denim please do not give away anything in the story. I’m just looking for a general opinion. 

I know what I’m going to do in the series but it’s always fun to get the reader’s opinion.

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39 comments:

bookwomen said...

In General I like it when the relationship eventually goes some where. Either they get married or break up. Not a fan of the will they or won't going on for too long.

Anonymous said...

I agree with bookwomen. I don't think "Castle" is/was ruined because they finally got together and then got married. You have to get a resolution and probably sooner rather than later if you are already on book 5. When I read the comments after the blog about book reviews, one of the comments talked about a character still dithering about her choice between two men in book 18. I knew precisely which series that was and had quit reading it at least 5 years ago because of the dithering. Get on with life! Cordella

Amanda said...

I think a lot of it has to do with the story telling and characters, a marriage can lead to another interesting turn in a series. But sometimes, I feel the series should stop after the marriage, if that is the main focus through out the run of the series.

Probably the best marriage that I have read in a series was in the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Amelia and Emerson's marriage doesn't really start until book 2, in the first book, they are at each others throats during most of the book. Their marriage brought a lot to the series, Emerson's quick temper being cut short by Amelia's taking charge of the situation. There was a lot of humor and love for each other, that you could feel through out any of the books in the series.

mary kennedy said...

Duffy, I'm on the fence about this. I LOVE the series and was wondering what "book 6" would hold. This is a tough question. The tension between Reagan and Boone makes for some sparkling scenes and witty dialogue...but of course, as a married couple they could continue to banter back and forth. I know Castle is okay after Rick and Beckett got married, but then I think of "Moonlighting." Yikes. Didn't it quietly disappear after Bruce Willis and "Maddie Hayes" tied the knot? It's a dilemma, but I think your fans will love the Consignment Shop series, no matter which direction you take. Hugs on release day yesterday!!!

Duffy Brown said...

Just having on for years…guys or gals…never makes much sense to me either. I can’t see it happening in real life for sure who why in books.

Duffy Brown said...

I think there is more than one series that has the triangle or just indecision going on for years and that’s fine for that series. I just don’t know if I personally am a fan.

Duffy Brown said...

I agree! Getting married just brings on a whole new set of situations and adventures. Where are they going to live? Will he “let” her still solve crimes? Will she be worried when he’s late? etc.

Melinda said...

Do not buy into the "Moonlighting curse". That show had issues because of Cybill Shepherd's difficult pregnancy, necessitating in her taking months off, and the dislike between the leads. As author, you have control over those situations. :-) Honestly, I have stopped reading Joanne Fluke's books because I'm tired of the triangle between Hannah, Norman, and Mike. Somebody tell me when she's made a choice and I'll consider returning.

Consider Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in "Adam's Rib". They were married, but had crackling dialogue and banter.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Mary. Yes, the Moonlighting thing haunts me too. I guess I’m looking at life and that sitting on the fence for book after book kind of seems forced. No man I know would hang around for that…or woman. There comes a point of fish or cut bait. LOL Hugs, Duffy

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I think it would be interesting to watch them get together and date for quite a while and then maybe marry. I still like Castle with them married.

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks Melinda. I think when they get together in a committed relationship it kicks the “caring” into the next level. And I cannot see Boone just sitting around waiting or Reagan either. Plus…the wedding would be so much fun!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Diane. Yes, the engagement period could be interesting. Reagan is getting over one bad marriage how fast will she jump into marriage again? Thanks for playing along. Hugs, Duffy

Fred said...

Thank you Duffy, for asking this question. Granted, I'm a member of the "old school", but I would rather see a relationship given the time to develop. The first series that comes to mind is our own Cozy Chick, Kate Collins. Abby and Marco weren't married until book15, if memory serves me right, and is was nice to see the relationship between the two to come to a happy ending. When I start a new series, I'm not particularly happy to see the main character's first thought is to get a boyfriend/girlfriend. I guess a lot has a lot to do with the timeframe between books, too. One series that comes to mind, that I did put off for a while, is the Aunt Dimity series. Lori gets married by book 3 or 4, has a set of twins and begins to lust after every good looking male who passes thru the village. I know a few readers who were put off by this, but Lori did settle down. If Reagan and Walker are to tie the knot, I wouldn't mind if it took a couple more books. I have responded before doing my Daily Workout on Lumosity, so you know it is something that I think about. :)

Debbie S said...

I wouldn't like to see them jumping in too soon, but with these two I can see some interesting twists in married life for them. I think the trouble with some things when they finally hook up the characters is that they change their personalities. They get sappy and they turn any disagreements into a major crisis, instead of it being the same differences that they had but what drew them together. My husband and I still have the sarcasm and dry humor flying after 27 years, it keeps things fun. I can see Reagan's and Walker's humor still going after marriage and I look forward to it.

Margaret said...

My opinion may not be widely accepted, but I say keep her single. The relationship with Boone could progress, but let her have her own home, business and life out side of a relationship. I don't think it needs to stay with the "sexual tension" it can blossom into a real relationship with out marriage. Although some see a "single and childless by choice lifestyle" as being non-tradtional, it is a lifestlye that is growing. Women can have a very successful life and enjoy the company of a special male friend, or even just date and be very happy and satisfied.
Trust me, I love the Walker Boone character (and would be devestaed if he met an untimely demise) but since they both have their own established lives let them continue and just grow.

Laurie Kraft said...

I think they should eventually get married. Once they said "I do", I don't think their personalities are going to suddenly change. I've read a series where the heroine can't decide "between two hunky men" (I've stopped reading those 10 books ago) and then I read Marie Force's Fatal series and Jenna Harte's Valentine series where they married and the books are just as good after they married as they were before. I say go for it. I wouldn't pass up Walker Boone for anything!

Lesley said...

I get frustrated when characters don't change and grow. I would suggest an engagement and then marriage down the road. These two will keep spark and witty banter, no matter what! Perhaps there could be a baby Daniel down the road... Sorry, couldn't resist!

Mari kramoach said...

I love the relationship between Walker and Reagan but she has yet to experience what else could be waiting for her. I feel Walker would always be a reminder of her ex. Perhaps a even more hunky man comes into her life as Walker goes off to help some other husband with a pre nup that Reagan doesn't agree with leaving her door and heart open to other posibilities.

Annette Naish said...

Nick and Nora - marriage did not make their wonderful conversations end. And it has been awhile for me, but I do not recall that the marriage vows made me not voice my opinion. I say let them get together. Boone is such a cool guy, and I think he would be perfect to balance Reagan's jumping in with both feet personality. And I believe she deserves someone who will make her feel very special....that would be Boone.

LD Masterson said...

(No spoiler possibilities here. I have to get some crit work finished before I get to treat myself with Demise in Denim.)
I think the reason so many TV shows die after the main characters marry is the writers put it off too long. They were out of fresh story ideas and tried tossing in a long overdue wedding to revive a show that had already run it's course. Dragging out a triangle has the same effect. You reach a point where the reader/viewer just doesn't care anymore who ends up with who.
I'd like to see Reagan and Walker get together but it wouldn't have to be a quick jump into marriage. Just move from the sexual tension phase to having them in a relationship. Lots of fun to be had in that phase, too.

Lynne Wesenberg said...

I think there is a fine line between keeping the tension and making it ridiculous. I know I get really frustrated with a series if the tension lasts too long....not too many books, but too much chronological time in the story of the series....does that make sense? As long as the relationship is "moving along" I don't think marriage has to happen right away, but I definitely think that it, or it's equivalent of a commitment, need to happen at some point. Otherwise it's like watching a friend who is constantly on again/off again with a boyfriend....enough already!

Sherry Smith said...

I'd prefer they marry. That alone, can open up some story lines. How much can he actually discuss with her? How much should she hold back from her husband, concerning a case! I'm truly looking forward to your creative instincts!

Rachelle21 said...

I would love to see them get married. Of course, they would have to consult with my alter ego about catering the wedding and baking a cake.

Elaine Klingbeil said...

I personally think they should get married. I think series that go on too long with the triangle or whatever gets old and boring. (I am thinking of a long running series that I have lost interest in in a big part because of that.) How old will the character be by the time they make a decision? Sheesh! You should be able to come up with good stories once they are married. Think Nick and Nora, "Hart to Hart", Ayelet Waldman's Mommy-Track series. You can do it!

Lynn in Texas said...

I agree with the majority here...life doesn't end with marriage in fiction nor real life! Just think of the possibilities, and new characters and situations thrown into the mix! I think lots of us grew tired of the endless "triangle" in certain series, and gave up, because there's only a certain amount of suspension of disbelief we can tolerate, esp. of "will she/won't she/who will she choose". Just my 2 cents. ;)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Fred. There needs to be time, jumping into a relationship…in a book or real life…it never a good idea.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Debbie. I’m not into the sappy stuff either. LOL I can see the Walker and Reangan having their issues…probably mostly in trying to protect the other, not worry each other and still continue on with solving murder mysteries.

Duffy Brown said...

There are a lot of questions they have to work out, can Reagan not live next to Auntie KiKi? Will Walker put up with her putting herself in harms way like she does? All fun stuff to think about. Thanks for chatting, Margaret!

Duffy Brown said...

How could anyone say no to Walker Boone. :-) Thanks, Laurie!

Duffy Brown said...

Oh I love the idea of a baby. I think the series and characters have to grow too. Live changes and so do the characters. Thanks for chatting, Lesley.

Duffy Brown said...

Reagan got hurt in her first marriage so she’s not too ready to jump into anything yet…but she and Walker clearly care for each other so who knows.

Duffy Brown said...

I’m sure neither of them will change in personality and this is the first family Boone has had. His mother left and grandma died and he grew up on the streets. Could be interesting stuff. Thanks Annette

Duffy Brown said...

I agree LD…just because they get engaged doesn’t mean the fun is over…new fun is starting.:-)

Duffy Brown said...

I think not making a commitment gets tedious and makes the characters look stupid. Thanks, Lynne.

Duffy Brown said...

That’s the way I see it too, Sherry. Thanks for chiming in. Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

YES!!!!! Perfect. And they will. Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Elaine. I think it opens the doors to new problems and fun stuff. Life goes on!
Hugs, Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

They are both in their thirties and been around the block a few times. by now they know what they what. I think them together will be fun. Can you image the Christmas dinner with Big Joey, Auntie KiKi and the gang. Lots of fun

Yvonne said...

I love when the relationships take their time to develop and the two main characters don't just jump into anything too quickly. That never makes sense to me, especially in this case, after what Reagan went through with her ex. However, I don't think that means it should take forever to get married again either. Reagan and Walker's relationship has developed at a nice pace.

I don't think Castle and Beckett's relationship suffers at all. I see the same banter between them as I did before they got married. As Melinda said above, Moonlighting had things behind the scenes that ruined it - mainly the dislike or fights between Willis and Shepherd. It didn't really have anything to do with the onscreen storyline.

I used to love the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. I still read them, but her swaying back and forth between two lovers and not making a decision grew old to me. At first it was fun, then I felt as if she was a teenager and couldn't make up her mind. In each book she changed her mind. I lost interest, although I still read the books (mainly out of habit).

I see nothing wrong with the two main characters tying the knot. The story and the relationship wouldn't end there. It would actually get more interesting when things get tough and you can't just walk away.