Innocence Incarnate Vs. Femme Fatales

Great post on relationships, TV and the odd man out. Sometimes fiction is closer to truth. Five out of Five from West Coast Review.

Kevin A. Ranson

Are nice guys actually doomed to loneliness forever, or are they just forever helpless in the power of the femme fatales they pine after?

Full disclosure: this is the kind of character dissection that happens too early in the morning just waking up between two writers married to each other. It was inspired in part by “The Blacklist” is which (spoilers!) Aram breaks a promise because he felt betrayed by sweet, smart, deadly Navabi.


Aram is an NSA coder and cracker who wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s a successful nerd working in the intelligence community in too-close proximity of female operatives waaaaay out of his league. Part of the problem is Aram himself; he hides nothing and expects others (read: SPIES) to do the same. But Aram also puts women he admires and respects — and also fancies — up on a pedestal, equating beauty and strength with…

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