I have a sickness. Every time I watch a movie or read a book that doesn’t involve a romance, I catch myself fantasizing about “fixing up” the protagonist with his or her ideal mate.
It all goes back to Gone With the Wind. Who can forget Rhett Butler leaving Scarlett: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
But I DO give a damn! I can’t help but want to fix their relationship some way, somehow. As a teenager, I read the book three times, constantly dreaming about how I would fix that unforgettable ending. Would Rhett ever come back? Would Scarlett ever grow up and realize how much she loved him instead of Ashley all those years? Or should they have fallen in love with entirely different people in the first place?
The same thing happened when I watched the movie Curse of the Golden Flower starring Chow Yun Fat and Li Gong. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s wonderful, and I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the ending is very tragic. One of those “nearly everyone dies” sort of Hamlet endings. And I couldn’t help it—I wanted to FIX it. The few survivors at the end were NOT happy. They certainly didn’t have love! The romantic in me was overwrought. I watched the movie over and over, loving it, but hating the way it ended at the same time.
I finally decided the only way I was going to fix my obsession was to come up with my own Emperor…and his perfect mate. In walked Jin, the girl with the golden eyes. She knows the Emperor’s darkest secret, and she’s going to help him face it, even embrace it, no matter what.
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