Bad decisions make great stories, The Couples Trip is filled with bad decisions. We’ve all thought this while reading a story or watching a movie: What are you doing? Don’t go in there! Why did you split up? We want our characters to live, we all know that bad decisions kill characters. But what would have happened if our favorite characters made good decisions? We wouldn’t have had a story.
Kvensler took his time setting up characters, relationships and setting. The natural beauty of Sweden came shining through. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be exhilarating to actually do this, backpack through the north of Sweden. Beautiful mountains, picturesque lakes, and lush rolling hills; nature’s undisturbed beauty everywhere. Except that this wasn’t my first rodeo, I’ve "literarily" been there before. Nothing ever goes well for people backpacking through Northern Sweden.
Now, the characters are something else. The bulk of the story is told by Anna, we get her side of the events that unfolded. As we all know, history is written by the victors. Anna gives a compelling telling of what happened, along with all of the bad decisions. We learn about the harsh cruelty of nature and people.
But then there is the twist. I think a twist always makes the story better, and the twist that Kvensler brings in is a doozy! This really elevates the story. Question everything!