I watched back to back episodes of The Golden Girls a couple of nights ago. Four shows in all, and honestly I loved them, although some episodes I had seen before. Worn out physically and emotionally, I had literally collapsed onto the couch with barely enough energy to flip channels. It was definitely a thumb sucking moment. Or at least a chocolate eating moment, and there’s certainly plenty of that around this week with Valentine’s day on the horizon. And just to set the mood:
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Within minutes I was smiling and noting the comedic timing, and over the top characters—yes, they were stereotypes—and the less than believable situations those ladies often got themselves into. The show had me laughing out loud. Here, have another chocolate:
For those of you too young to remember it, the show first aired in 1985 and went on to great success, with each of the ladies winning awards. It is still in syndication and that tells me one thing: The writing is sharp. The one-liners are fabulous and it still garners a big enough audience. And those clothes are hysterical. I do remember well the shoulder pads and the silk dresses. : )
And the music…every time I hear it I have to sing along. Is this an age thing? Gotta be, huh? But it’s so upbeat: Thank You For Being a Friend, by Andrew Gold.
I love the line…your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant. And this being the week of Valentine’s day, I’m taking this moment to say be your own best pal, give yourself a treat, you deserve it!
The cast of The Golden Girls:
Dorothy: Beatrice Arthur
Sophia: Estelle Getty
Rose: Betty White
Blanche: Rue McClanahan
You know the four ladies would have celebrated with or without significant others in their lives. So go buy yourself that chocolate, or take yourself to a movie or dinner. But now, away from the subject of chocolate and back to snark. The four women were all amazing, but Bea Arthur had to be the queen of snark and she was my most favorite character. She could say so much with one look, and her comments were hilarious. Here’s a classic example from the other night:
Dorothy said to Blanche:
“If you were in a coma and a man came within a five mile radius, you’d roll over and shave your legs.”
I found that hilarious, but also very telling of character. If you read that, or heard it on the show, you’d know EXACTLY the character of Blanche, and also the character of Dorothy. I wish I had that talent, both in my day-to-day existence and in my writing. Jennifer Crusie has it down pat: I love all of her books, but my all time faves are Welcome to Temptation and Bet Me. She’s the romance writer of snark. Others have tried but seem to fall short…at least to my ear. They come off sounding mean, or their humor is more slapstick, or too cute.
I think there is a huge difference between mean and snark, and the snark comes from dry humor and quick thinking. Maybe that’s my problem, I’m too slow. My synapses are old and worn out. I only register the one-liners—the what-I-should-have-said thoughts—as I toss and turn and fret at night over some slight, or insult. : ) Then I can come up with some real mean badass trash talk; zingers that would chop the offending person off at the knees. Uh oh, the chocolate box is empty. Maybe I’ll take the title of chocolate queen.
What about you? Are you good with the zingers? Or like me, do you need the protection of the bed covers just to think about them? Do you have a favorite actress or author who deserves to be added to my file of snark queens? Oh, and do you like chocolate?