Opposites Attract — or do they?
Really? Do they?
And if those opposites get all attracted to one another, is this a good thing?
There certainly are certainly plenty of novels where two very different personalities fall in love. Here are two from two of my favorite authors:
- Joy and Luke, in Rachel Hauck’s book Dining with Joy. Joy hosts a network cooking show–and she can barely boil water. (I know, another cliche.) Luke is a chef who loves cooking and eating food who is determined to regain his reputation as a chef.
- Socialite Katherine Breckenridge and bull rider Rafe Noble in Susan May Warren’s book Taming Rafe. Katherine comes from money and Rafe is as country as they come — and they don’t trust each other.
And what about movie examples of the “opposites attract” principle?
- Rich Rose and poor Jack in the movie the Titanic?
- Good girl Sandy and bad boy Danny in Grease?
- Big bookstore owner Joe Fox and The Shop Around the Corner bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail?
Obviously writers–novelists, screenwriters–believe putting two ve-ery different people together is a ve-ery good plot device.
But think as a reader or movie-goer for a minute. Does the whole “these two people couldn’t be any more different and yet they are falling head over heels for each other” plot get old? Does it ever not work for you?
In Your Words: What about real life? Did you ever find yourself attracted to your polar opposite? He likes to camp and you think roughing it is going to a hotel other than the Hilton? Or you’re a vegan and he’s a meat and potatoes guy–heavy on the meat? How’d that work for you?0 I like this!