Over the weekend (and during the past week of vacation), I've been watching the Castle episodes from season one and two. I also picked up reading JD Robb's In Death series with book #31 Strangers in Death. And while I was immersed in these two crime-fighting fictional worlds, I noticed a distinct similarity between the two female lead characters.
So I wrote down a few of the main items which make up these fictional women, however - I have to note - there are many dissimilarities as well. Most notably, Eve Dallas has her man, whereas Kate Beckett has not decided yet who that should be!
Both women are independent with a strong character, a black&white feeling for justice; they are authority driven though only within the boundaries of the law and only for law abiding people; they have an almost destructive drive to solve cases, regardless of own health or situation.
In a more schematic comparison:
KB: tragedy as young adult
ED: tragic youth
KB: mother died when KB in early 20s, father recovered alcoholic
ED: mother's whereabouts unknown, ED killed father when very young after repeated rape
which resulted in a career in
KB: law enforcement, NYPD homicide division, 12th Precinct
ED: law enforcement, NYPSD homicide, Cop Central
where they meet
KB: Richard Castle, author/playboy/v. rich, 1 daughter, mother, father unknown
ED: Roarke, entrepeneur/v.v. rich, father deceased (murdered), mother deceased (murdered)
Even better: read the books and watch the show!
[update March 19, 2014]
Check out these website posts:
- ABC’s CASTLE vs. JD Robb’s IN DEATH Series
- In Death Unplugged > Have you ever come across other books/shows/movies similar to In Death?
- Eve Dallas and Kate Beckett
Tags: ABC Castle, Andrew Marlowe, castle, Eve Dallas, JD Robb, Kate Beckett, NYPD, NYPSD