“Only two things are infinite-the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.”… Albert Einstein
I’ve been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately. One I was reading was really enjoyable – until the main character did the unthinkable, an action whereby I decided she was *too stupid to live* (TSTL). Of course she did and by the end had managed to solve the murder. Unfortunately by then the book had lost its shine for me.
I’m sure you’ve all read stories where one of the main characters has been TSTL. You know, where the heroine meets the suspect in a dark alley, without a weapon and hasn’t told anyone where she is?
I think the only thing that keeps me reading in a TSTL book is the fact that I’ve read about a lot of recipients of the Darwin Awards. Named after Charles Darwin (the father of the theory of evolution) the awards commemorate people who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it. There really have been a lot of people who have been TSTL.
Take the case of the bank robber who decided to rob a gun shop, full of firearms customers after having to walk around a marked police car parked at the front door. Inside the uniformed officer was standing at the counter. When he saw the officer the wannabe robber announced a hold-up and fired a couple of wild shots. The officer and store clerk returned fire (several customers also drew their guns) – and the robber was removed from the gene pool.
Or the case of Matthew who decided to steal the yellow foam cushion safety protection from the legs of a ski-lift tower (designed to protect skiers who hit the tower). He used the foam pad as a makeshift sledge on the ski run, crashed into the legs of a lift tower – the one he’d stolen the safety protection from – and died.
If you want to read more Darwin Award recipients you can read about them here.
Even so, just because it happens in real life doesn’t mean it should happen between the pages of a book – not unless you are wanting to kill off a character.
Have you ever read a book where the main character was too stupid to live?