TMI Tuesday – The Deal-Breaker
So I woke up this morning thinking about Chandler. I have to admit, I still love Friends. When I first got the idea for GOTH, my “high concept” was something like, “An episode (or perhaps a season) of Friends, set in the Regency.” The characters are all young, good-looking, witty, and at the time in their life where they’re pairing up and settling down. Plus, I wanted to write lots of fun, snappy dialogue. Of course, the idea evolved from there and became a bit more complex – but there are definitely Friends-inspired scenes in that book – big groups of characters, talking at cross-purposes and taking good-natured jabs at one another.
So I was thinking about Chandler this morning, and how he was picky. Do you guys remember this? Before he hooked up with Monica, there was a point where he believed he’d end up alone forever, because any little thing could be a deal-breaker for him. He’d eliminate a girl from the ‘possibilities’ list for the most ridiculous reasons – her head was too big, her voice was too high, she had too many goldfish, etc.
Chandler’s case was extreme, but don’t we all have those little lines we just can’t cross?
What, for you, is a deal-breaker? Any personal habits you just can’t or won’t abide? Professions? Physical characteristics? Come on, dish – what’s the pettiest reason you’ve ever had for crossing a guy off the list?
For some reason (perhaps a lack-of-caffeine reason) I have no RL example of my own at the ready. Something’s bound to come up in the comment trail, I’m sure. But I’m thinking, if there’s one physical attribute I’d have a hard time getting past, it’s a hairy back. Just … just no.
Oh, and while you’re at it, help me fill the coffer of TMI topics for future weeks… Anything you’re dying to discuss?