Mister Irresistible

Her stomach fell to her knees. She’d fallen in love with him.

So after a whole year of Call Me Irresistible been published, I finally got hold of the book. The marriage between the mayor of Wynette, Theodore Beaudine and the daughter of former US president, Lucy Jorik comes to a halt right after her best friend, Meg Koranda arrives. Meg is blamed for the bride escape because she has a history of screwing up her life, living it the way an ambitionless person would. Meg herself is an offspring of legends whose parents have cut her off financially and emotionally for her recklessness. With such reputation, she is hated by the entire town who adore Ted with all their hearts. The town is subjected to a major economic breakthrough via construction of a new golf course, hopefully sponsored by the millionaire, Spencer who takes an interest into Meg. The story revolves around the town folks who try to suck up to Spencer by encouraging Meg to please him. In the midst of this, Ted and Meg develop a sexual affair. What happens when the affair comes to light and worse, Meg falling in love with Ted form the climax. 

I personally think CIM is a fresh take upon SEP’s usual characterizations. The usual hardheaded womanizing millionaire male protagonist is replaced with Ted Beaudine. Who is responsible over his actions, has high regard for moral values, caring towards everyone around him, well educated, obtained both his bachelor and masters degrees simultaneously, concerned over the environment, inventive, people pleaser and a bad dancer.  Ted Beaudine attracted me the moment he came in Lady Be Good. He can charm the pants of everyone. He is a perfect man with halo around his head, gorgeous looks, hell a lot of money and great bed skills. It’s refreshing to have an honorable hero. His emotional detachment is his only flaw, which unfortunately seen by Meg alone.

Meg Koranda is officially my favorite female character of SEP’s, next to Annabelle Granger. She has free will, integrity, courage to be true to herself and strength that every woman should have. She traveled to difficult places only to find the passion of her life. Being born into a family of legends overshadowed her individuality, thus she fought her way through it. She is reckless in living her own life but very much concerned when it comes to others. I loved the friendship she had with Lucy. I’d kill to have a best friend who takes responsibility for my terrible decisions in life. When she was thrown to face public humiliations like scrubbing toilets, she took it with keeping her head high. She didn’t have a roof above her head, had to sneak to have a bath, had no friends in the new town, yet she didn’t break down. She cried in silence, thinking of her failure but never to those around her. I admire her perseverance. When she fell in love with Ted, she took it with much pride. I wish one day when I have to do the right thing despite aching deep inside, I’ll remember Meg. 

I finished reading this in a go, stopping only to take meal and loo breaks ; which officiates the entry of Call Me Irresistible into my top 3 books by SEP. 

You make me happy. Looking at you. Listening to you. Watching the way your mind works. Kissing you. Touching you. Letting you touch me.

The love that lasts longest is the love never returned – S.Maugham

So I’ve been ‘Charming’ for the past say,10 days. I started watching all the way from Season 1 because I’m looking forward to relive the Cole-Phoebe moments. Charmed is something so personal to me. I started watching them on NTV7 when I was just 10. Not so good old days when we didn’t have any direct broadcasting satellite services nor fast enough Internet connection to stream foreign TV shows online. So I had to wait for every Fridays, 10 p.m., bear with the ads and literally fight with my dad for the remote control. I guess my TGIF started from there. 

The Halliwells played a huge role in my teenage years. I would laugh when they laugh, cry when they do, gasp when the demons attack from the back, talk to my imaginary friends, imitate their body language, wave my hands frantically in the air trying to freeze time, fall in love with Cole and the crazy list doesn’t stop. Charmed taught me more English than any of my language teachers. It gave me two imaginary sisters. Oh, I loved Piper the most for her composure and sensibility. She speaks in this particular way that her T’s are sharper and D’s are  stronger. She squeaks when she’s under pressure, gets emotional over petty things and extremely compassionate. She’s the luckiest of all I’d say, because she got her true love. She’s got Leo, more than anyone could ask for. 

I may have admired Piper but I realize I have more Phoebe in me. She who believes in fantasy, finds it very hard to avoid temptations, fails to connect herself to the reality, rebellious, always in the search of the purpose of her existence, trusts easily and love is her major weakness. Cole, when he appeared for the first time on the show, I had this mega crush as huge as Hulk on him. When he didn’t actually freeze, I felt the happiest one could feel for a demon. The forbidden love. Always the sweetest temptation. The more you restrict yourself, the greater pull it has. Newton is a wise wise man, only I didn’t understand earlier in my life. 

One fine day, I grew up and stopped watching them. No, the channel stopped continuing the season, but I didn’t make any extra effort in finding out other source. Now that I have 6 weeks of holidays, okay make that 4, and fast enough Internet connection, I’m reliving my teenage. All hail the kind soul for uploading all the episodes. And it feels incredible. To know how similar I am to Phoebe still. How the show never fails to elate me. How life is always about doing the good things. Choosing to follow the right decisions, though they’re hard to cope with. How important it is to bond with your family and to never forget your roots. 

You’re a nice guy and I like you – a lot. But let’s face it, you’re geographically undesirable.