Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Why I Love Wednesdays... Favorite Types of Heros

Reflections of a Bookaholic

I am returning with my new feature... Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays. Today's proclamation of love concerns our Favorite Heros

Why I Love...The Bad Boy

For some reason, I feel like I should apologize for my choice.  Some people like the Alpha Male but not me.  I seem to like the book heros, that in real life would turn out (likely) to be the loser.  Am I being harsh? Oh well, I have my books.  I love the hero that might have been a bad apple, maybe mistreating the heroine at a younger age.  Maybe he was once a womanizer.  But the key to my bad boy is that he changes and he becomes that man that every girl wants.  But wait!  When he changes, he still has the smooth air that only bad boys have.  Am I sounding delusional?  This is okay because I'm okay with that.  When I think of these bad boys turned sweethearts, I think of Morelli from the Stephanie Plum series (well form the earlier books anyway), Damon from The Vampire Diaries, and Jude from the Rawhide Man.  I like a unrealistic story what can I say?

Which type of hero do you love?  I feel like most people probably prefer Alpha Males.  Am I right?


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32 comments:

  1. You know what it is for me about the bad boy? It's all the potential of who he could be or become if he put some of that bad to good. But it's great when he betters himself and keeps his edge.

    Unfortunately for me, I've fallen for potential way too much and it's gotten me nowhere! Potential in real life sucks, but seems to work for me quite well in literature!

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    1. I know what you mean!! Let's not talk about boys in real life please. The problem is that these real life guys don't read!! If they read they'll know that they have to change from being a bad boy to something... better.

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  2. No Alpha males for me. Give me a bad boy any day and I will a happy camper.

    I am going to have to start doing these Wednesdays. I love them. :D

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  3. LOL!!! Jade you are so true. I am guilty of that too. Hoping for some guy to realize his potential just in the nick of time. Bad boys are great in books but dang. In real life they can mess up a good thang. In books they really make a story interesting!!

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    1. I think when you meet a bad boy you've got to hand him a book so he can learn how it is supposed to work :)

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  4. I'm not a particularly big fan of bad boys OR alpha males! (OK, I love Clay in the Women of the Otherworld series, but if you wanna get technical, he's a beta male). I prefer the unrealistically perfect guy, lol. I'm talking Zeke from The Immortal Rules, Duval in Grave Mercy, and Prince Kai in Cinder (sorry for the very recent examples; my memory is rather short term!). They're always the perfect gentlemen! :)

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    1. The perfect guy!! Lol. Ahh well we cant' all want the same men right?

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  5. I have to say I usually am more drawn to the bad guy than who you're supposed to be. Like I love Damon on Vampire Diaries. I've never really cared for Stephen and it's the same on other shows.

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    1. I agree about Damon but I admit that I don't want Elena with him. I want to save him for myself.

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  6. I do like cocky, alpha males who are the bad boys, but they cannot mistreat a women. As much as I love their strong personalities, they must also respect the heroine and not be a complete jerk.

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    1. Alpha males come across as too controlling to me so I don't lean towards them. But yeah I totally agree that they have to respect women no matter what type they are. It will turn me off in a second.

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  7. Of course I love the hero that changes, cos the hero that does not change, oh he is an ass

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  8. Cute post. I don't do the bad boys (unless they are soft and mushy on the inside).

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    1. Well maybe they can change into soft and mushy right?

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  9. I didn't know you liked bad boys, Alexis!!!! Now I know :) Thanks for the post!!

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    1. I know. It's a bad habit but I just can't help myself!

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  10. Alexis...I love Morelli as well (earlier books, agreed) and he would definitely be considered one of my favorite bad-boy heroes. Great post! Here's mine for the topic:
    http://melinmidlothian.blogspot.com/2012/05/why-i-lovethe-anti-hero.html

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    1. Loved your post as usual Mel. Glad you linked up so everyone could see too :) Oh and Morelli I love him. Especially because he definitely mellowed out of his bad boy-ness to the point that it is just sexy.

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  11. I think this is the ultimate romantic fantasy, the irredeemable bad boy falls for you and love makes him change his evil ways. I like them, I’ll even go further and say that I love when past villains get their own books and you see them fall for the right girl, I love it, it’s one of my favorite storylines. And bad boys can be alpha as well, is not an exclusive quality, you can be either or both. ;-)

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    1. Yeah they can be both but I prefer when they aren't. Alphas come across to controlling for me.

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  12. I actually like Nice Guys, lol
    I mean, I do see the appeal of a bad boy or even an alpha but I also love people who are just genuinely nice, that stick by you though thick and thin,

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    1. Nice Guys are sweet but they just don't draw me in. I know I'm the bad one! Lol.

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  13. I do love Alphas but in books it is the bad boys that make it interesting. Without them the Alphas wouldn't shine like they do!

    In real life, I love the nerdy nice guy!

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  14. Oh, yes please! I'm a big fan of the bad boy in literature...and if they ride a motorcycle, even better. Morelli's a good one, as is Hardy Cates from Blue Eyed Devil. Question: Does a rake in a Regency qualify as a bad boy? Do those categories overlap? (Clearly, a very important question)

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  15. "But the key to my bad boy is that he changes and he becomes that man that every girl wants. "

    YES! You described perfectly what I love about bad boys too. Especially the ones that redeem themselves but still keep their bad boy flare.

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    1. Oh they have to keep their flare :) That makes them yummy

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  16. I used to love alpha heroes but now I just roll my eyes when they start ordering the heroine around. As for bad boys - I love a good redemption story so if we get to see them evolve and become something more than I life them. I don't care if they retain some of that "bad Boy" aura.

    As I get older I do find myself liking the good guy/beta heroes more.

    There is a bad boy that I liked recently. Daemon from Jennifer L Armintrout's Obsidian series. He was a total a** but it made sense to me why he was so protective and I think he's going to turn out to be a great guy.

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    1. I agree. Alpha heroes turn me off. They are just too controlling to me. I don't have much of an attachment to the good guys yet but maybe if a read about a few more, they'll get me the way that the bad boys do.

      I haven't read that series but I'll have to look into it.

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