In college, I was an English major, mostly because I knew I wanted to go to law school and I thought it would be more fun to read novels than text books (and I was right). Then in law school all you do is read. After that, I have been slow to rediscover my love of reading, but I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the parallels between literature (or, “literature”… or maybe we just say books) and the SLs on DOOL.
I recently completed the Hunger Games trilogy, ostensibly to bond with my 12 year old sister in law, but also because it was pretty awesome.
I started thinking- if Sami is the Katniss of Days, then who on Days would be Gale and Peeta. My first instinct was that Gale would be EJ, because he is more of a “bad boy,” full of revenge and spite. Peeta would be Lucas, because he balanced out Katniss’ wild side with his calmness. I posted this on twitter, and people made some good points for the opposite conclusion.
Me? In a book? I don't know...
@dLggy pointed out that Gale, like Lucas, is the childhood friend. Peeta (spoiler alert) ends up with Katniss, so she thought EJ would be the better choice for Peeta.
Everyone agreed Sami is no Katniss. She would probably be pretty successful if she were dropped into a pit and told to murder everyone to survive- there’s no denying Sami is a survivor. But she is a little more selfish than the Hunger Games heroine.
@Raleigh76 pointed out that Gone With the Wind might be the better comparison. I can see a lot in common between Sami and Scarlett- they had a lot of adult things happen to them when they were young, they have major selfish streaks, and of course they had their heart torn between multiple men.
So then, would Lucas be Ashley, the white knight that was sometimes too good to be interesting? EJ, I imagine, would be the ever so dashing and charming (with a streak of the bad!) Rhett Butler. I think @Raleigh76 has a point, I can totally see the parallels.
@dLggy also pointed out parallels between this triangle and Wuthering Heights, but I’m not gonna front, it has been many years since I have read that book (although I do heart the Bronte Sisters).
TheOtherDiMera always likes to point out how Days is just like the professional wrestling he watched as a child. I would prefer to think that both genres have pulled from the universal themes of literature. Leave a comment and tell us what book the characters or story lines of Days remind you of. I think this could be the first in a series of Days in Literature posts.