You see, that’s the question that occurred to me whilst watching the scene in the new Star Trek movie where Kirk gets to confront his oh, so logical accuser, namely Spock, about his, um, little indiscretion regarding the Kobayashi Maru test when I rewatched the movie this last weekend. Now, for those of you not familiar with Star Trek, here’s something to help ‘splain things. For those of you that are familiar, you should get a real kick out of this montage. 😉
You see, it’s not about whether or not the Kobayashi Maru is a valid evaluation of a cadet’s potential readiness for command. It’s about the fact that everyone knows Kirk will never, ever bow to the logic of it. Old Kirk. Young Kirk. Doesn’t matter. He does not like losing. He does not like giving up or giving in.
And watching Kirk and Spock argue about the test in the academy hall, it suddenly hit me that neither do romance readers. Call what we expect happy endings or whatever but the simple truth is that we don’t like to lose either. So, when people tell us that stories with those unhappy endings are more “realistic” and we should appreciate and learn from them, we instead think “rewrite”.
It’s that Kirk mentality all over the place. 😉