By Jeff Salter
One of the eternal questions which guys are asked – and it comes up more than you’d probably imagine – has to do with choices … of two very different female personalities. I’ve heard both, about equally: Which girlfriend would you rather have — Ginger or Mary Ann? And the variant: would you prefer Betty or Veronica?
Well, that’s no contest for me, but I won’t reveal my answer until the end of this column. For now, there’s a writing prompt to set up … and I’m turning the tables on the ladies reading this text. But before you get to choose from the male candidates, I have a few questions you need to consider.
If you had to choose from these two, would you set your next novel in Riverdale … or on Gilligan’s Island?
Which genre would you select for this new novel?
For plot ‘conflict’, would it be easier to write about perpetual adolescence (in high school) or perpetual isolation (on an “uncharted isle’)?
If you picked Riverdale, would you let them finally graduate? If you selected Gilligan’s Island, would you finally let them be rescued?
Which female character would be your story’s heroine … and why?
Which male character would be your story’s hero … and why?
Pick a Man … Any Man
If you were stuck in endless high school at Riverdale, which of the following would you prefer as YOUR boyfriend: indecisive Archie, conniving Reggie, goofy Jughead, or muscular Moose?
If you were stranded on the uncharted Island, which of the following would you prefer as YOUR boyfriend: naive Gilligan, the intellectual Professor, the bumbling Skipper, or urbane Thurston Howell III?
Well, I promised I’d reveal my choices, so here they are (with no hesitation). I’d much prefer Betty over Veronica … because Betty is more down-to-earth, not nearly as vain, and not spoiled. And from the island duo, I’d far prefer Mary Ann over Ginger … for mostly the same reasons.
Even if you had no intention of writing about it (and assuming you were not otherwise encumbered), which of the eight men mentioned here would YOU choose … for your boyfriend? And … why?