Castle's Kate Beckett vs JD Robb's Eve Dallas


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)

For more information on these two characters, Wikipedia is a great source of information [Kate Beckett] [Eve Dallas].

Even better: read the books and watch the show!

[update March 19, 2014]

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