Let’s get real here! We all know that Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is not serious literature. It probably won’t be required reading for your English class or be picked as your next book club read. The characters are quirky, peculiar, wacky and unrealistic. There are not enough adjectives to describe these zany people or the outlandish circumstances they end up in. The action takes place mainly around Trenton, New Jersey, not exactly known to be a ‘garden spot’ of the U.S.A. So, why, oh why, should you read this series?
Because of Ranger and Morelli, of course. In each of the books in the series, you never know what’s going to happen with Stephanie and her hunky Italian beau and police officer, Morelli, or with Stephanie and the enigmatic Ranger, the intriguing and sexy International business man who specializes in ‘security’ issues. The sexual tension between Stephanie and each of her guys is funny, steamy and never ending. Who will she ultimately end up with? Will she stay with the safe Morelli or go over to the dark side and choose Ranger?
I’m unequivocally committed to the Ranger camp even though he may be too mysterious for Stephanie and has strayed to the other side of the law on occasion. But, he always seems to want to protect her. You can just about smell his Bulgari bodywash on each page and the way he calls her “Babe” is both charming and sexy.
My feelings about Morelli are more complicated. He may seem like the safe bet since he and Stephanie grew up in the ‘burb’ together, went to the same high school and appear to have more in common. But, picking him would just be too predictable. Plus, I can’t forgive him for what happened on Page 2 of One for the Money. I know, I know-Stephanie forgave him but I’m a Scorpio so I’m allowed to hold a grudge.
My coworkers and I have lengthy discussions about this very topic and we’ve divided into Ranger and Morelli camps. We also discuss which actors should play the other characters if Hollywood is ever smart enough to film the Plum series. Since voting is on everyone’s minds these days, why not join the fun and vote for Ranger or Morelli? And, tell me who would you cast in a movie to play the parts of these characters we have come to love?
If enough people respond, I’ll tabulate the votes and post the results. Just as in the OTHER election, I know people will have varying and passionate opinions!