Guest Post: A Look at Strike and Robin

Hey guys, I’d like to share something exciting today. The first ever guest post on Watch Game Read! Without further ado:

Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series has completely engulfed me over the last few weeks ever since I picked up the first book, the Cuckoo’s Calling. Admittedly, I had a slow start with it primarily because I wasn’t familiar with British slangs that were in the book. Getting over that barrier resulted in me completing three of Galbraith’s currently available books in just a couple of weeks.

I’m a huge fan of mysteries and crime fiction books fit the bill. It’s always easy to pick up an unfamiliar author’s work but to like it can be hard. With Galbraith’s works, I call myself a new fan.

The murders in all three books are fascinating and I don’t mean it in a creepy way. The crimes present a difficult puzzle to solve as I read along. It has always been my hobby to make guesses at who’s the villain. You should try it if you never did it: it’s a wonderful brain exercise.

But what I stood out to me the most is the working dynamics between Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. Reading all of the three books in a short period of time has its advantages. The scenes are still fresh in my mind when I move from the first book to the Silkworm and then finally Career of Evil.

I’m reminded of Beauty and the Beast when I look at them. While Strike and Robin are very different appearance-wise, they share many similarities character-wise. Both of them are equally stubborn, smart and can be very emotional.

Strike is a rugged, overweight man with a tragic past. An illegitimate child of a famous rockstar and a decorated ex-army who survived a blast, Strike’s life has never been easy. One of the recurring themes (if you will) is how he’s struggling with his prosthetic and has difficulty communicating with children. He put up an emotional barrier since his break up with the love of his life and refused to wholeheartedly start a new relationship.

On the other hand, Strike’s unwanted assistant turned partner, Robin, seems poles apart. She’s a stunner, outwardly good mannered and engaged to be married to her longtime beau, Michael. Everyone likes Robin. Everyone loves Robin. But she carries a dark past as well.

Backstories like these help a lot in creating depths for recurring fictional characters. Robin’s character growth is much more apparent compared to Strike’s. She turned from a temp who does mundane tasks and secretly dreaming herself to do all that Strike does to a demanding partner who voices her opinions and rarely takes no for an answer. All these changes are found in Robin while Strike’s character depiction remained loyal throughout. But well developed backstories and characters can only help so much in keeping them interesting. The relationship between Strike and Robin is what kept the series going in addition to the main plot that includes dead bodies.

Sexual tension and indisputable chemistry between Strike and Robin had become an interesting side plot to the series. This is especially true in the latest book of Strike’s series. There were scenes in which both characters were extremely comfortable with each other and were their happiest moments. And then there’s the opposite, when both characters, usually Strike, decided put up a wall and maintain a professional but distant relationship, rendering the two of them miserable.

Galbraith dropped hints of physical attraction on Strike’s side but I sense Robin’s gradually attracted to his sense of character. While reading the books, I kept wondering why Robin stucked by Michael with all the grief he’d given her. Robin’s only happy moment with him was at the very beginning of the first book. Since then, their relationship had been rocky.

If you already read the third book, you can argue that it’s already too late. Robin’s wedding meant the tension had come to a complete full stop. But her finally smiling in her own wedding and saying “I Do” facing Strike and not her new husband is very much akin to Ross saying Rachel’s name in his second wedding to a different bride. At least, that’s how I see it.

I don’t mean to see Galbraith’s Strike series as a romance between the two main characters. And I don’t because I spend more time and mental energy trying to put the puzzles together for the fictional crimes in his books. However, much like most TV show characters, watching their relationship development, whether or not it will turn from platonic to romantic, is exciting.

Will they or will they not?

Note: This post is written by Yamaguchi Hoshiko from World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko. Be sure to pay her a visit!

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