Snarkling Clean

Snarkling Clean- because you don't have to cuss to make fun of stuff. Two dedicated readers discuss romance novels- from what made us weep with joy to what made us want to poke pencils through our eyeballs.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Rugged and Manly or Nerd Named Stanley?

Ah, heroes. The one thing I suspect every romance fan truly wants from a story is a good hero. I've read, loved, and kept several romances with eyeroll inducing heroines, but if the hero is wrong, that book gets tossed. The hero archetypes are:

The Chief- Captain Kirk, the King of Siam, Don Corleone. Decisive, dominating, responsible.
The Bad Boy- James Dean, Snake Plissken, Johnny Castle (from Dirty Dancing.) Charismatic, street smart Joe Cool.
The Best Friend- Christopher Robin, George Bailey, Mr. Knightley. Stable, supportive, unassuming.
The Charmer- Cary Grant, Remington Steele, Petruchio. Witty, smooth, elusive.
The Lost Soul- Angel (for you Buffy fans,) Heathcliff, beauty's Beast. Vulnerable, devoted, fatalistic.
The Professor- Harry Potter, Mr. Spock, Frasier Crane. Analytical, genuine, inflexible.
The Swashbuckler- Zorro, Indiana Jones, Robin Hood. Fearless, exciting, foolhardy.
The Warrior- Dirty Harry, William Wallace, Atticus Finch. Tenacious, noble, merciless.

The Lost Soul appeals to me. So do the Chief and the Warrior. Swashbuckler...okay. The rest are pretty interchangeable for me. Why? Because, apparently, I love reading about hairy possesive chest thumping Alpha males. There's something so satisfying about the crash when they finally fall for the heroine. What fictional men do it for you?

4 Comments:

Blogger December Quinn said...

The only one I'm not particularly interested in is the Best Friend. I too am a fan of the chest-thumping alphas, although I have written the Charmer as well.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Bernita said...

Gimme the swashbuckling warriors.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Child of Dark said...

Bad boys, for one. "No one puts Baby in a corner!" lol

Pretty much all about the alpha. Put 'em in a uniform and I'm done.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Rosina Lippi said...

What an interesting list. For every archetype I can name at lease one novel or movie that worked for me. Which means either that I've got no standards, or I'm eclectic in my tastes.

I'm going with the second one.

8:02 AM  

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