Girls Write Out
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I'm always interested in people, aren't you? Do you find yourself watching how people react and the things that push their hot buttons? I got a Kindle the end of September but hadn't had a chance to read it for about a month. I got both of my girls one for Christmas and so I've been reading mine with Kara as she's here for a visit.

Tonight I was looking through the lists of regular books and free ones. My fingers hovered over the Count of Monte Cristo then passed over. I wondered just WHY I didn't want to read it. Then I realized just how painful it would be for me. One of my basic traits is a desire for justice. The injustice in that story set up and through the majority of it just grieves my soul. I can't stand to see Dantes imprisoned unfairly. I can't stand that Mercedes marries that creep. It just grieves my soul. LOL I can't help it. I know it's weird but I can't stand to see people hurt by injustice. Which means I also hate Monopoly. I can't STAND to have someone fall on one of my hotels and then go bankrupt.

So what about you? What is your underlying characteristic? What is that one thread that runs through how you look at the world? And what quirk does it give you? Fess up! LOL

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Colleen Coble  
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At 11:34 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I have a heart for the underdog. (I suppose that's also a desire for justice.)

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

LOL I love that book. He gets his justice! But then his character proves stronger and living well is the best revenge. He leaves them all to their misery. Love that.

I have a migraine, so right now my basic trait is just to get up. : (

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I think you nailed it for me, too, Colleen. When the villain is too inhumane and gets away with too much for too long, it just depresses me. Yes, I do like to see justice in the end, but sometimes my need for justice, when pushed too far, becomes bloodlust, and I want that villain to suffer horribly. It makes me grumpy.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

It's just getting to that part, Kristin! LOL Cheryl nailed it for me too. I can't stand to watch someone be unjustly imprisoned. That gets me more than anything. Not sure why.

I have a heart for the underdog too, Pam.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Don't you love how he survives it and overcomes though? You're right, it is tough getting to that point, especially when he's in jail, but you're so happy for him to meet his neighbor and have a friend...and then the escape. But that's the reason men love a good cowboy movie, right? The bad guy loses.

I think what I can't take is when people are truly evil. When they have no conscience. Like Montego who wants the girl so bad he's willing to betray her love to "get" her. The ultimate antithesis of love: control.

One of my favorite books is by Dumas' son (Camille) and you would hate it because it's the ultimate in unfair, but that's who Dumas, Sr. was. He abandoned his family and ruined Dumas, Jr.' s mother. The son got his revenge in print too. : )

At 12:28 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

What I hate even more than the unfair advantage some characters take over others is when a book ends on a less than happy note. I have nearly thrown a book down because the "bad guy" gets by with the crime or the protagonist dies. How depressing can you get??

Me?? I like a good "shoot-em-up" or romance. Just make sure the good guy wins and gets the girl!

At 10:51 AM, Blogger SandieP said...

I like a happy ending. I won't knowingly read a book that doesn't have one. We just watched a Batman movie and Batman says to the bad guy "I'm not going to kill you, but I don't have to save you." I thought that was interesting. One hates to wish the bad guy dead, but you also want to see him pay for his crimes and the ones he hurt to have their day.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Happy ending is a must for me. When I watch a movie that has a bad ending I'm upset all day thinking that I wasted two hours of my life watching that thing!

Life is hard enough without entertainment that makes me feel worse.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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