I was watching another True Blood episode tonight (I have a serious love of that show), and it led me to think about male hero types in all of their variations and characteristics. It's a fun topic, because, come on, who doesn't like thinking about sexy leading men. And it seemed like it would be a fun blog post to discuss with you, as well. So here's what I've been thinking.
It seems to me that there are three kinds of heroes--and it'll be my pleasure to list my favorites from each arena. Let me know who YOUR faves are:
The traditional, protective type.
Edward and Jacob (The Twilight Series) Bill Compton (S. Vampire Series)
This seems to be the more common theme among heroes, right? A bit possessive, but usually more out of protectiveness than a sense of ownership, these guys get out hearts all a flutter with their masculine wiles. All that testosterone, running to our rescue at the perfect moment, and those silly shows of jealousy that make a girl feel special and wanted... they are common traits of this type of guy. And while some may try to deny it, I think we all like to feel swooped up and carried away once in a while, right? It's nice to be protected, to feel shielded. But what of the more laid back heroes?
The misunderstood/unexpected hero
Hm. Okay, I have an affinity for these men, but they aren't easily found in literature. There are a few, though...
William Maddox (Seers of Light) Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
Ok, I had to add William Maddox, whether he's in my book or not, just because he fit the bill so well. These kinds of love interests keep me the most engrossed. When you don't see it coming, when you think you know the character of this person but it turns out that he's just misunderstood, that you've seen him wrong all along...it just seems to make things even more exciting, even more intense and emotional for me. What do you think?
The Reluctant Bad Boy
Eric Northman (S. Vampire Series) Spike (Buffy)
Both of the above gentleman have a very dark side, in spite of their attempts at good. You WANT to trust them, they are hot as all hell, but... something tells you that you miiiight just want to watch your back, no matter how badly they want to shag you.
Who else? I'm missing TONS, and I love this topic! LOL. Show me your pics/picks and let's discuss the whos and the whys.