Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Television Musings - Rants and Raves of a Romance Writer


By Kathy Carpenter

Yes I’m still on the same book. But what could be more perfect for a Romance writer to blog about than the new show Valentine.

Valentine aired it’s first episode Sunday at eight. Will it make the cut? Well when I see a new series I need to give it a few episodes. The first couple they spend a lot time introducing your characters and setting up an overview plot line. Which cuts into the one night show so-to-speak.

If you remember the show Cupid which I guess aired in the late 90's ( it’s hard for me to think it was that long ago. The show featured the god Cupid and each show brought happy couples together at least by the end of the show. Happily-ever-after shows are a rarity. We had Love Boat way back in the early 80's. And there was a show called Hotel which brought couples together and now we have Valentine.Television shows don’t want happily-ever-after because the push and pull of the relationship is what keeps the show exciting. When you bring the couple together that ends and then you have to find something else to keep the viewers tuning in. That’s why we have romance books so we can have are happy ending.

We need these kind of shows every once in a while to show us there is true love that can endure. At least we are left with that feeling.

Valentine is this kind of show. Valentine the goddess of love, her daughter her son, a couple other and a romance writer make up the team of people who will bring fated couples together. Each week will be a new couple. That’s the only way we get the happily-ever-after feeling.

Of course I’m a sucker for this stuff and will be watching as long as it’s last’s. I liked Cupid though and it did not last too long. Too corny for a lot of people I guess. Although, when last year’s Pushing up Daisy’s aired. I liked it escape from reality fairy-tale-like aspect but did not think it would last. Pure corn. However, it has returned for another season.

All we can do is watch and wait.

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