(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog June 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)
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Last might, as Mary tried in vain to help Bethany, Twitter was ablaze with love for the one time camper van dweller.
She arrived on the street as a slightly loopy and unhinged character (remember the Annie Wilkes moment from Misery, when she lost it with Norris, in the middle.of nowhere?) and has since emerged as one of the most beloved and fascinating characters we have seen on the Street in ages.
So, now we have established that there's something about Mary. What it is that draws us into her wacky, yet endearing and fascinating world?
1) She is from another time and place
She talks about the past, as if it is yesterday. Yet, she is existing in a world dominated by tablets and Snapchat. She is refreshingly different and it's hard to place where she has come from. She drifted onto the street like snow.
2) She is one of a kind
Soaps.often have stock characters, that we expect to see. Mary is hard to pin down, as a stereotype. Thanks to some.marvellous writing, she has changed constantly. But the essence of Mary remains.
3) She is a double act queen
Roy and Mary, Norris and Mary, Tracy and Mary. Each one of these pairings has worked. Why? Like a great buddy movie, it is the idea of opposites. This week Tracy took Mary out for her lunch, as her 'employee of the month', meanwhile.Norris has become Mary's confidante and she looked out for Roy when Hayley died. Like a great student, you could pair her up with anyone.
4) Patti Clare
Yes the writing has always been quite something for our Mary. But Patti Clare can have you laughing one minute and crying the next. Whether she is humming The Smiths, recalling a tale involving 'mother', or talking about loneliness, Patti brings her to life, so she becomes fully rounded and totally believable.
5) Her Values
Seemingly old fashioned and quite rigid on the outside, Mary Taylor has a heart of gold. So, she will give folk a second chance. She will always look out for an underdog, and offers help before she asks for it herself. Mary has a heart the size of Manchester.
At one point not so long ago, it looked as if Mary Taylor was off to pastures new. But, thankfully she stayed.
Thank heavens, because there is something so warm about this character that the Weatherfield would be a sad place without her. Do I hear wedding bells? I hope so!
By Glenn Meads
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