Great posts. This is one of the things I love about Beckett being such a fan of Castle’s work before they met. That he engaged her intellectually and emotionally through his writing long before they met and the sparks flew on a personal level. (Also why I don’t much care for the idea that Castle was Johanna’s favorite author. I like the idea that Castle’s writing reached Beckett on it’s own merits, rather than as a means to connect with her late mom.)
"You should know, you’re engaged to a genius.”
People always forget how smart he is, and that makes me sad.
It makes me sad too. I think it’s easy for the fandom to paint him into the goofball = village idiot role because that’s a generalization that doesn’t require lots of thought or effort to think about, but he’s definitely far from that. His theories may be silly, but he’s not stupid by any stretch of the imagination.
I can’t lie and say I wouldn’t love to see a more acknowledgment of his smarts on the show, too, but I definitely see more of the generalization from fandom.
One of the tricks he employs in the show is to use obfuscating stupidity- he plays the fool to lull people into a false sense of security. It’s part of his “jokester” persona, but what it means is that people who should really know better (ie the fans) take that facade seriously instead of the deadly sharp mind that lies underpins it.
What’s funny is the people who don’t take him seriously are often the very ones worshipping at the altar of Beckett, without realising for a second she’d never be with someone who was not her intellectual equal, who challenged her just as much as she challenged him.