K is for Kismet
Even if I didn’t like the way it looked or sounded, I would still be a fan of kismet because I like it’s meaning. Basically, it’s another word for fate or destiny. While I’m no fan of luck, I don’t particularly like the words fate or destiny either. There’s something very heavy-handed about them to me. Kismet seems lighter, even if it has the same “meant to be” connotations.
So let’s talk about my good pal kismet, shall we?
Real life kismet in action
I’m probably such a big fan of kismet because of the way I’ve seen it work in my own life. I could tell you the story of how I traded in a career in finance for one in freelance writing, which later gave me the time I needed to begin publishing my fiction. But it’s not particularly interesting and it’s rather drawn-out.
Instead, I want to talk about love.
I officially met my husband shortly after I turned 18, right before high school graduation, but we’d been having those “eyes connect across a crowded room” moments for months before that. The first time I laid eyes on him was when my friend didn’t want to deliver a note to a Spanish teacher who was always uber creepy to her. I took the note instead – teacher was 100% normal with me, which is a bummer because I was looking forward to whatever story of death and decay he was planning to spin as the reason for why the student in question wasn’t in class – and our eyes met for the first time while I was waiting for the teacher to write a response to something. I didn’t find out until a few weeks ago that my husband actually tried to find an excuse to leave class every time he saw me so that he could talk to me.
Just as well. Timing was wrong anyway.
Flash forward to the end of the school year. I’m single for once and totally not looking for a new guy. Guess who’s the best friend of my friend’s new boyfriend?
If you didn’t guess Thomas Katt then you’re REALLY bad at this game.
Kismet, y’all. Couldn’t be anything short of it when you consider that my friend was more of a frenemy and we just as easily could’ve been sworn enemies that week as best good pals.
Kismet in fiction
I know I should probably be standing here railing against kismet in fiction as an overused plot device, but…I can’t. It’s hard to dismiss kismet as just a plot device when I’ve seen it at work in my own life time and again.
I do try not to be heavy-handed with it though. Just because I’m a kismet believer doesn’t mean I need to beat all my readers over the head with it.
But it’s still there.
When I write, I sometimes have couples that get involved in love triangles or even rectangles. I’m sure it could be argued that my characters don’t always end up with the person readers wanted them with, but they end up with the person they’re supposed to be with. The way I look at it, each character has that one perfect relationship fit, whether they realize it or not. Granted, it sometimes takes more than one book to get the characters to set their own egos aside and fall in line with kismet’s plans for them.
While kismet is more a behind the scenes player in my suspense series, it’s going to be a more in your face integral part of the story once I begin the paranormal trilogy that I have under development. Probably shouldn’t say much about that right now though. I’d have to get into the difference between twin flames and soul mates and then there’d be this whole philosophical metaphysical discussion that I’m not quite ready to get into.
But it’s coming, y’all.
What are your thoughts on kismet? Does it seem like a cheap trick in fiction? Anyone else have real life kismet in action stories to share?
Next up: L is for Love and Lust
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