On the Perfect Hero
I’ve come to face a cold hard fact about myself, I’m in the romance not for the feisty heroines, not for the interesting plots, nor for the emotionally highs and lows. Instead it’s all about the heroes. It horrifies and amuses me in equal measure. I view myself as progressive and as a feminist, but when it comes to romance books; it’s all about the guys.
Not that it doesn’t delight me when I read a heroine that I fall in love with. In fact I probably find more delight in a fantastic heroine that I do a hero, but only because it seems to be so much rarer. But, most of the time I can live with a mediocre heroine…a mediocre hero however is a book killer.
But what makes that perfect hero? What makes me start hurling stars at the book? Start swooning like a Regency era heroine seeing her very first hairy leg? What I can tell you it very much ISN’T: Perfection.
Perfection is boring. Those heroes that look perfect, that act perfectly and seem to possess angelic patience and an unreasonable propensity to say the right thing, they do nothing for me. It’s so bland and irritatingly self-satisfied, as he solves all of the poor silly heroines problems for her. Nope, heroes like that do not get locked into my book boyfriend dungeon.
Instead, give me a hero who isn’t the pinnacle of physical perfection. I want someone with some scars a burn or two, maybe a missing eye maybe even a man who is under 6ft tall. But, it doesn’t stop at physical imperfection. I want someone who is capable of making mistakes, who doesn’t always say quite the right thing and isn’t filled with an overabundance of confidence that they are always right…and then they actually are. Where’s the fun in that? I’m not really interested in a caricature of male perfection, it seems unfair to all involved in the same way beauty magazines and Barbie makes women think we should all be blonde with tiny waists and boobs that enter the room long before she does.
Nope, give me the grumpy, gruff, slightly befuddled ones with bad tempers a few questionable habits and ability to learn from their mistakes. That always makes for a much more enjoyable read and a hero that I would gladly lock in my book boyfriend dungeon.
Here are some of my favourite perfectly imperfectly heroes:
Who are you perfectly imperfect heroes?
Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?