1--Lots of action scenes--I'm a sucker for suspense stories.
2--Emma Peel can kick bad-guy butt! In a skin-tight bodysuit and heels. When I was in college, for Halloween one year, I made myself a black catsuit. But I couldn't afford real leather, so I made it out of vinyl. I hit the bars early and got to dancing and enjoying myself. Only then did I discover that vinyl doesn't breathe! I had to keep running into the bathroom to pull off the top half of the suit so I could breathe and dry off. Then I'd zip it back up and head back out to dance some more.
3--British shows always seem to have more interesting stories, and the writers at BBC were very creative with the plots.
4--When I was a kid and played with my Barbies every day, they were all spies. They had dangerous and exciting lives--just the kind I wanted to experience when I finally became an adult--or so I thought back then.
5--I own 5 seasons of the show--so we recently re-watched them, in honor of Lady Diana Rigg passing on. (We do this for lots of actors we like. We watched a lot of Bond movies when Sir Sean left us.)
6--I do love action plots, but I hate that the only females need to be rescued, or are there to be seduced by the hero. Or they're villains, who will be seduced then killed. That leaves me no one to identify with. As a kid, I always inserted myself into any plot that I liked, but having no strong females made it more difficult. But I wanted to BE Emma Peel! My family jokes that I'm the alpha in our household. My husband is over a foot taller than me, but we're a good team because we are equals. Except for when we're going somewhere. Then I have to drive. LOL.
And because I like female secret agents so much, I've written some books that feature them. There are 2 books in my Female Secret Agents series, Secret Lover and Undercover Lovers. But my Minnesota Romances books have lots of spies and ex-spies (CIA, KGB) in them. The 4th book, No More Secrets, has as the hero a character that is in Undercover Lovers, only he's older now.
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