Revenge.

I’ve been chitchatting so much about my vampire novel lately, that the characters in my novel SHAMEFUL are feeling left out. I’ve had to explain to them that their story is a tougher pill to swallow for readers. That some are offended by merely the subject matter alone. That I have to ease it on folks. I mean, it involves statutory rape and infidelity, for goodness sakes. I’ve also explained that paranormal escapism is typically more fun than stories based in realism.

I think Joanne and the gang are finally understanding why they don’t get as much attention as Sleepy Willow and her gang. Nevertheless, I promised to mention something about them today.

That damn Joanne finds herself making some bad decisions in SHAMEFUL. And, as she finds out, bad decisions have terrible consequences, just like in the 1990 movie Revenge. I’d say Joanne gets off easy considering all the things that could have happened. That being said, she in no way rides off into the sunset to live happily ever after without her share of suffering. Her story is a character study about seeking fulfillment, making tough decisions…and living with consequences.

In Revenge, Kevin Costner plays a man who knowingly, willfully, and recklessly enters into a forbidden romance with the wife of a powerful Mexican. The sultry wife is played by Madeline Stowe, and it’s a good thing, because a viewer has to believe Costner is stupid enough to risk everything for this woman. They are drawn to each other like buzzards to a carcass, and that’s too bad for them because her husband does not play that sh*t.

By the end of the movie, a viewer may actually root for the couple even though they were obviously wrong to begin their affair. It’s obvious their love is strong. Stronger than her love ever was for her husband. Not dutiful, but passionate. Costner’s character goes through hell and highwater (given the circumstance, as well he should), to get back to her, if only for the briefest, most tragic of reunions.

Oh, yeah. They have real love for each other. But the movie doesn’t make it easy for them. It doesn’t glorify the affair. It’s about real love. But it is not about love conquering all. When your love hurts people, you get hurt.

I like that the movie characters, like mine in SHAMEFUL, do what the spirit, soul, and body wants regardless of what they know is right. I also like that they don’t get away with it.

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2 Comments

  1. Nice review of Revenge. Right on.


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