I don’t know about you all but I have a bad boy problem. I’ve had it my whole life. When I was single (a really long time ago) if there was a room full of good guys and one bad boy I would find the bad boy within seconds. I didn’t make good choices back in the day. My husband fooled me into thinking he was bad. He’s a good guy with a thin veneer of bad boy otherwise I probably would have been too stupid to choose him. Thankfully it all worked out.
The cool thing about this in a fictional world is my bad boy issue is not as much of problem as it was in real life. Who doesn’t love the charmer with the smirk and a bad attitude? Instant hotness. If I’m reading a book, watching a movie or TV show and there is a bad boy and a good guy? I’m instantly rooting for the bad boy. Good guy? Boring and sometimes a little wussy. I could give examples forever. I’ve listed some below. My choices will be obvious but I would love to know what everyone else thinks. Who wins in these stand offs? Good guy or bad boy?
- Hook vs. Charming (Once Upon A Time)
- Tim Riggins vs. Jason Street (Friday Night Lights)
- Iron Man vs. Captain America (Avengers)
- Damon vs. Stefan (Vampire Diaries)
- Han Solo vs. Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
- Loki vs. Thor (okay Thor wins but Tom Hiddleston is amazing!)
- Wade Kinsella vs. George Tucker (Hart of Dixie)
- Rhett Butler vs. Ashley Wilkes (Gone With the Wind)
- Teddy vs. Deacon (Nashville)
- Avery vs. Gunnar (Nashville)
See what I mean? What do you all think?
In real life Bad Boys are not a good choice, in fiction they are fabulous. Just don’t get them confused. Probably won’t work out the way it does for most heroines.
I do write heroes with a bit of attitude and the smirk is always there but overall they’re good guys. They may look a little rough around the edges but they do the right thing.
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