Megyn Helm. For those keeping score this is the second time in the first sixteen pages of the story that Tyrel Helm as referred to his wife. Yet we haven’t even been introduced to her properly yet. So many stories treat marriage as a problem or a mistake. One spouse or the other is unhappy and/or screwing around or they’re all ready divorced at the outset. Other stories deal with the  courtship and romance at the beginning of the relationship and then end before or at the wedding. The trials and joys of marriage are ignored. Often times we as the reader/audience are treated to one spouse being a real piece of work so that when the eventual infidelity does take place we see it as a release and natural progression to the protagonist’s true love. Of course there are exceptions and reconciliations with in these stories but I  speak from my own observations.

I want to do something different. I want to see a married couple at the center of a story that are very much in love and who are past their initial whirlwind of emotions. That is interesting to me. In a day and age where the institution of marriage seems to be crumbling, I want to see two people who are devoted to making it work while being thrown into extraordinary situations. Not just surviving marriage but prevailing at it.

Some movies (and a televison show) with strong marriages:

300 (King Leonidis & Queen Gorgo) , The Incredibles (Bob & Helen Parr), Up (Carl & Ellie Fredrickson) , The Notebook (Noah & Allie Calhoun) , The Thin Man (Nick & Nora Charles), Jaws (Martin & Ellen Brody), Poltergeist (Steve & Diane Freeling) & Mad About You (Paul & Jamie Buchman).

Note: The graphic novel of 300 does not deal with the King and Queen’s relationship much at all. Also, in the Jaws novel Chief Brody’s wife has an affair. In both these instances I am referring to the film adaptations only.