Alpha : good, bad, or cheesecake?

I like me the alpha boys. It's a weakness.

If they're growlier than Harleys, Cro-Magnon hairy, and only minimally verbal, even better! After all, nothing says love like popped buttons and grunting. Alpha Boy doesn't back down when he's wrong, doesn't waste time considering alternatives when he can go for an impulsive frontal assault, and skewers (or shoots, or pummels) anyone who so much as looks at his gal, because at the core he's a jealous (insecure?) beast.

I know you're thinking what I'm thinking: How can she love Alpha Boy?

The hell if I know. But we do: Romance readers do love him. Despite the fact that he's not very charming and is, genetically speaking, probably not a good prospect. On second thought, maybe we like him because he's so far removed from our reality and logical sense of what makes a good mate.

Maybe we like him the way we like cheesecake: because he's decadent and delicious and totally bad for us.

Maybe we like him because he makes us feel like princesses certain to be rescued.

Whatever the reasons, I know one thing for certain: The novel I began writing about a middle-aged balding Regency baronet named Nigel isn't getting a lot of traction with the muse. Who'd've thunk.


Christa said...

I don't know why I like the growlie, grunting, 'get away from my woman', alpha hero. But, I do know if it was a choice between Mr. Normal and the slightly wicked badboy, I am going for Mr. Wicked every single time. I like it because of his inner conflict, not normally from the heroine's POV because she is usually irked about his behavior and spends most her time attempting to change it, run away from it, or blatantly pushing him to the limits. I know that when I am in his pov and he is vacillating about letting her dance with some pip squeak, or going off with a group of pals, or asserting her independence, he is a bundle of apprehension and protective instincts. So, I guess I just like how his turmoil is apparent. Beside, there is nothing more sexay than a Regency hero who is a peer, used to having everyone do his bidding, and controlling a vast power realize that with this woman, everything feels out of control. So, if you have a balding baronet, who is just as normal as the next "sir", but he has to woo and keep his love interest, I still think that would be an interesting read.

Vivien Jackson said...

Nah, Nigel isn't interesting. He's just a great catch. :)

Christa-miss, you got a blog now? Am hunting it down and following you.