I was having a think this morning about heroes and villains and why I found myself having trouble falling for the good guy romantic love interest. I wasn’t the only one, as Taylor Grace has also posted a great post on it.
When I’m reading, I tend to find myself drawn towards the bad guy lately. And I think it’s because the male heroes have become pretty much just perfect.
They are attractive, noble, loyal, they say and do the right things… Man, are they annoying!
The bad guys, I know, they are not nice, but at least they have character and flaws. They have realism to connect with.
I think part of the reason I’ve been thinking about this is due to the fact I’ve been watching Roswell lately (which I partly blame Winter bayne for, as all her great short fiction lately has me on a sci-fi kick!). When the show first came out, I was a little young to relate, but my sister watched it so I have a vague memory of it.
But I’ve been watching it from the start of season 1 and I have to admit, I do love it 😀 Like a 90’s blast from the past to my childhood! But also, I was looking at the characters.
If you don’t know the show, it’s a sci-fi, teenage, romance type thing and the plot revolves around three aliens (who are mostly human, obviously) as they figure out who they are and fall in love, etc.
The main character, the main draw of the show, is Max Evans. A good looking, dark-haired guy with a kind, generous and wise soul. Oh yes, he’s pretty darn perfect. And as a teenager, yeah, I probably would have been drawn to him 😀
But now, in my mid-twenties, I realised I’m not drawn to the perfect guy at all.
Michael on the other hand…
Now there’s a guy I could fall for.
Michael is Max’s best friend, an alien as well, but he is brash, brunt and not really romantic in the traditional way. He may not say the right things, he may not do the right things, but his romance with Maria makes me swoon every time. He’s still a good guy, but he’s flawed. Oh, and handsome as well, that’s still a must 😀
Yes, he’s who I go for.
And I realise I should probably think about this when I write romantic love interests myself in my books. Instead of going for the all around good guy, I am inspired by Michael and I am excited to write someone who is really flawed but good at heart, and the way they show romance is more real, rather than romantic puppy surprises (old spice commercial reference, because just too awesome not to!). They will make mistakes, but their intentions will be good. That is a character I could fall for and invest with!
Obviously, this is just my opinion 😀 Give it a few months and I will probably be full of interest in reading about a guy who gets it all right! I’m fickle like that, but at least with all of the stories out there now, we have such a great choice and can read to suit our tastes for the moment.
Also, as a side note I have decided on a release date for my books-
Wednesday 28th May!
I am so excited 😀
Are you all about the bad boys/girls? Do you like the perfect guy/girl? Which do you prefer to write about? Are there any characters who make you swoon at the mere mention of them? 😀
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