Friday, October 09, 2009
I love a complicated heroine. The messier she is, the stronger she can become, and I love watching the climb from face down in the puddle to some kind of redemption. (For example, I loved Buffy Season Six. Yes, really.)
Right now I'm a little bit obsessed with the new television show Mercy. The main character, Veronica, is a nurse at a New Jersey hospital just back from a tour in Iraq. She has a messy marriage, a bit of an attitude problem, and no interest whatsoever in talking about her problems. She wants to do the right thing, but what is that, exactly? Is it staying with her childhood sweetheart husband, who slept around while she was away but is now determined to save their marriage? Or is it going with the man she fell in love with in Iraq, who knows her as no one in her old life could--and who, of course, has turned up to work in the same hospital?
Meanwhile, Veronica has to deal with condescending doctors and demanding patients--to say nothing of her raucous family.
I find that I'm spellbound each week, waiting to see what Veronica will do. How will she navigate her complicated life? Should she choose happiness or responsibility? Is the choice even that simple?
How complicated do you like your heroines, on tv or in books? What makes you sympathetic to her? What makes you impatient with her? Is there such a thing as too complicated?
Posted by Megan Crane at 9:51 AM