Sheldon and Amy: A Love Story

Love story – the term evokes thoughts of romance and passion, and, I dare say, sex. Modern romance is not shy about depicting the physical aspects of love, whether that romance is on-screen, on television, or between the pages of a book (or on the display of an e-reader). My own books depict love in its many forms, including the intensely carnal. And yet, one of the most touching love stories I’ve seen in recent years is the tale of Sheldon and Amy…yes, that Sheldon…and that Amy…the well-known characters on television’s The Big Bang Theory.

Now, I have to issue a disclaimer of sorts: I am a devoted fan of The Big Bang Theory. I look forward to each new episode – the fresh, witty writing, the terrific chemistry of the ensemble cast, and the brilliant performances of Jim Parsons and his fellow cast members draw me in. So, it’s quite likely that I’m biased. One of the aspects of the show that appeals to me the most is the evolution of Sheldon Cooper’s character over the course of the show. While still a most unconventional personality, Sheldon has grown through his interactions with his peers, especially those of the opposite sex. His interactions with Penny are priceless, depicting the impact of their friendship on Sheldon’s academia-centered personality, while the introduction of Sheldon’s girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler, has provided the opportunity to add a layer of tenderness to the character one might never have predicted in the first year or so of the series.

For those of you who are not familiar with the series, Sheldon Cooper is a genius, a scientific prodigy, but a man who’s had little interest in people in general and less interest in forming any bond with a woman. And yet, Sheldon has fallen for Amy. In his own unique way, Sheldon demonstrates his devotion to Amy in ways that are foreign to his nature and bring him out of his comfort-zone. Last week’s episode (May 9) was quite touching, as Sheldon displayed a quiet tenderness and dignity toward Amy that I found extremely moving. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it yet, but I will tell you that Sheldon’s respect for Amy’s feelings was one of the most beautiful portrayals of love I’ve seen on television or in film. He’s stretching past the boundaries he’s lived with his entire life, not because he’s forced to, but because he genuinely wants to make Amy happy. And isn’t that really what love is all about? Caring about the one you love, giving of yourself, and treating your loved one with dignity and respect – those are key elements of true and enduring love. Sheldon demonstrates those qualities for Amy in ways that are both funny and touching. I, for one, am rooting for Sheldon and Amy, and I applaud Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik for bringing this love story to life with comedic tenderness that makes me cheer for each new development in Sheldon and Amy’s slowly percolating romance.

Are you a Big Bang Theory fan? Share your thoughts on Sheldon and Amy or another love story you find touching and tender. I’d love to continue this discussion.

Monday, Monday – Zombies and Heroes and a Mad Man, Oh My!

A blog about zombies isn’t typical romance writer fare. Not exactly a topic to conjure thoughts of love and sweet nothings and happily-ever-afters. But this is a special Monday – the Monday after the season finale of The Walking Dead. Yes, I must confess – I’m a Dead Head, 2013 style.

Since the first episode premiered on Halloween 2010, I have been riveted to every episode. The Walking Dead is one of the most gripping shows on television. The ensemble cast brings characters to life with many fascinating nuances, displaying strengths, weaknesses, and vividly portraying the good in humans – and the evil. This season has emphasized a richly-drawn villain, the Governor. Portrayed by the ruggedly attractive David Morrissey, the Governor’s a complex character, alternating between protector and diabolical mad man, an enemy whose machinations compound the perils the small band of survivors of a zombie apocalypse must face. The Governor’s an intriguing threat, intelligent and ruthless, and yet, there’s a hint of the man he’d been before the zombie onslaught tore away any mercy he ever possessed.

As with most season finales, this week’s episode presented an agonizing cliff hanger. I can’t say I didn’t see it coming – after all, that’s the genius in a serial. Just as a gripping book makes you want to turn the pages, a well-done serial makes you want to keep tuning in. But the appeal of this series goes beyond well-executed hooks. The heroes and heroines of The Walking Dead have undergone major changes since the series began. The character arcs in this series are, in my important, far more important than the zombie makeup (which is indeed impressive) or the death toll with each episode.

The heroes and heroines have evolved since the story’s inception, creating a fascinating portrait of humans growing through adversity and tragedy. One of my favorite characters is Daryl, the crossbow-wielding tough guy with a heart of gold. Daryl’s far from a conventional hero, but he’s the stuff of a romantic’s dreams. Hardened and intense, he’s loyal, courageous, and displays a subtle sensuality that’s immensely appealing. I’m not the only one who finds Daryl immensely appealing….not if Facebook postings about the character are any indication. Daryl’s got the right stuff to be a romantic hero.

Walking Dead fans out there, who’s your favorite character? Why? Which character can you picture as inspiration for a romance novel? Don’t watch The Walking Dead? Who’s a great, unconventional hero or heroine you’d like to share? Leave a comment, and you’ll be entered for a weekly drawing for $5 Amazon gift card. One lucky commenter on my blog postings this week will be selected for the prize. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 7.