amaebi (amaebi) wrote,

Cedar Cove in all its wonderness

Earlier, I wrote about the pilot episode of Cedar Cove, in contrast with House of Cards. I have now seen several more regular-season episodes, and I'm really fascinated by what the adaptation is doing with local politics.

When I asked rosefox for advice on loving-community women's novels, rosefox said that there was no sense in this subgenre of any use or meaning for governmentally-provided, socially supported social supports. Just individuals and families helping individuals and families out. And-- I speak from having read the last three and nearly finished the first four of the 14-book series-- rosefox was quite right. Aside from the existence of a police chief, the only sign of government I've seen is Judge Olivia's mother Charlotte's senior citizen-led crusade for a health clinic in the small town. And that's guyed a bit, with comic senior women daring arrest but fearing strip search and like that.

In the Hallmark pilot they upped the ante a bit on the marginalization, making Charlotte a clear Eccentric Character, which I hadn't seen in the books I've read. Past the pilot, Charlotte doesn't seem to be supposed to be so ridiculous. There are not surprisingly a bunch of changes to and elimination of some plotlines. Most of these seem to be moves to make many plotlines tighter and shorter, and in at least one plotline's case, there's the making of a villain of someone who was just confused in the books. Since secondary plotlines tend to run at least two books, I think that tightening is quite understandable.

I am startled by another change (I think-- I still haven't read all the books), though.

Series baddie real estate developer Warren Saget has got the mayor (and city council?) to completely defund the public library, in order to apply pressure on the town to sell him a landmark lighthouse to raze. Secondary lead librarian Grace Sherman did a fundraiser and raised all the necessary funding for the library (for what period I'm unsure.

What seigneurial Purgatory is this? Is part of the appeal Hallmark perceives in the series the idea that the willing fund programmes that benefit the community, or not?

I'm remembering twenty years ago when it was salvation-and-gratitude du jour that McDonalds was funding so much in public schools. And when I expressed concern, the smart people I was talking to nodded sagely and talked about nutritional education through the cafeteria. I was in fact mostly concerned about what education McDonalds and its ilk had in inculcating in the U.S. population.
Tags: cedar cove, debt, fiscal policy, pathology, tv, us culture, us sociology
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