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"Monday Mornings" Discussion: Chapters 1-8
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charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: April 3rd, 2012 06:39 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I really liked the first chapter and how it set the pace for the novel. I worked at a trauma hospital, years ago, and I love it when authors get the energy right. And the description of Villanueva made him my automatic favorite.

I will admit, I didn't see Jamie in the part of Ty. At first I thought of Matt Bomer, then thinking, no he's too young then I thought of Rob Lowe and that stuck. . . until I saw the cast photo. THEN I saw it. I got a thing about the "love triangle involving a married person"-story and I never like the characters involved, so I am waiting to see if the writing gets me beyond that. Now, I would watch Jamie read the sea reports for an hour a week, so this isn't going to stop me from watching or appreciating the fact his eyes match the scrubs! I keep going back to the Rob Lowe image in my head though, and now I can't un-see it.

I like how all the doctors are presented in a two-dimensional way, not just these super brilliant healers but also complicated people. I'm going to be alone on this but I like Dr. Park. I have worked with this personality type so many times, I like how the root of his infuriating personality is this need. It's not so much that I like the character, but like the honesty used to portray him. The bit about the kids -- I knew kids who grew up in that kind of household. It felt true.

I generally like that all the characters felt real. Maybe it's just that I'm reading the third Game of Thrones book at the same or maybe it was my experience at the trauma hospital, with each chapter I thought, "I know someone like this" I know someone who couldn't pass her boards for 8 years; I know a doctor that screwed up so many times that he was fired from a hospital, and I remember meeting "Dr Sexy" after hearing about how good looking he was for weeks. But I think even if I didn't have those experiences, the characters have an authenticity that I really like.

I can't wait to see where it goes.

Edited at 2012-04-03 06:40 am (UTC)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 3rd, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm going to be alone on this but I like Dr. Park. I have worked with this personality type so many times, I like how the root of his infuriating personality is this need. It's not so much that I like the character, but like the honesty used to portray him.

I agree with you. I wouldn't say as though I like him so much as I like the fact that I really appreciate that he is there and that the writing in the show will hopefully reflect the writing here, which is a really difficult character to empathize with that hopefully through Keong Sim's performance and progression over time will become someone you can at the very least understand better, if not entirely embrace. (I hate to come back to ER all the time, but I did watch that show religiously for about eight years before I lost interest. ;) And I feel a lot of similarity in the potential of Park's character to Peter Benton on ER, someone who is in so many ways so abrasive and unsympathetic but over time, you come to learn a lot more about him as he learns more about himself, changing your perception of him a lot.)
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: April 3rd, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I forgot about Peter Benton! I used to feel like at Peter's core was this deep, deep fear of being helpless and it drove him to be the ogre in those first seasons. I feel like Dr. Park is just driven by this need to be admired and that need creates the opposite result in his colleagues. Considering that so many variations of the "brilliant but flawed" archetype were necessary for this, I give Dr. Gupta kudos and I wonder if these are just combinations of people he has worked with in the past.

What I really want to know is this: Where did he find the time to write a novel?
Physha1 From: Physha1 Date: April 18th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC) (Link Me)
"love triangle involving a married person"-story and I never like the characters involved, so I am waiting to see if the writing gets me beyond that. "

I totally agree! I don't find much romantic about that. I did, however, have instant fan fic flashes about Ty and Quinn's mom--I hope the author goes there. That would get him out of the dirty cheater relationship!
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