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Good Guys vs. Bad Boys

Ninety percent of my heroes are bad boys. I just seem to enjoy writing them more than I do the good guys. In fact, when I'm faced with a hero who's a good guy, I really don't even know what to do with him. *grin* For me, it's a very thin line between him being nice and being a doormat.

I can't exactly nail down what the appeal of the bad boy is for me, but I just love them...in fiction. In real life, I prefer good guys, so I find it a little strange that my preference when I'm reading or writing is so different from what I want in the real world. Or maybe it isn't so surprising. Maybe the appeal of the bad boy is that he's a fantasy. A man who can't be tamed, but then he finds the right woman and he's willing to change for her.

Do you like good guys, or bad boys? What about either of them appeals to you?


Blogger B.E. Sanderson said...

I don't think of my favorite heroes either as good guys or bad boys. I like a strong man who knows what he wants and goes after it. Okay, maybe sometimes he doesn't know what he really wants, but once he figures it out, nothing's stopping him. =o) I guess, though, they could be called 'good guys'. Maybe not always in the traditional sense, though.

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Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

I like the bad boys, too. ;) They're more resistant to change, and when they meet that one right woman, they fall harder than the rest. Much more satisfying to read about.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

You know, strangely, I've never been a bad boys fan. I'm also not a good boys fan. I like someone in between--with a few edgy habits or outlooks, but with a solid, good heart.

I've discovered that most of my heros are warriors--deeply protective. Interesting, because my husband is rarely present and I typically take care of not only myself, but the kids, the bills, the house, the problems that arise, etc. I'd be offended at the implication that I needed a man to take care of me. But maybe I'm secretly harboring that desire. :-)

11:23 AM  
Blogger Elisa said...

B.E.~ I like a hero who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go after it, too.

Eli~ absolutely. :) Plus, they're so much more fun to torture when writing about them. ;)

Joan~ LOL. You know, I love a book with a protective hero, too, but I don't need someone to take care of me in real life.

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