What is your favorite thing about Alpha Heroes? Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Alpha Males, our favorite things about them, and everything sexy and heated about those Alpha Males you can think of. *wink* Starting today and ending on Oct 22nd, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.
And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that’s not all….
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I’ll be giving away one copy of THE VEIL, one copy of THE VEIL II: OTHERWORLD, and one copy of NEPTUNE RISING, two series that star my favorite alphas! That giveaway will take place on the 24th, and the winner will be announced on the 25th. You have to take place in my drawing to win the Grand Prize!
SO LET’S GET TO IT!
I’ve always just imagined the Alpha is “The Guy in Charge,” the Big Guy, the one that everyone either looks up to or is afraid of, and therefore obeys. He’s the leader. He’s usually the largest of the bunch, with a butch, assertive (or pushy/bossy, depending on your point of view), the one who makes the big, ultimate decisions. He may be a hero, a reluctant hero or he may be an anti-hero (one of my favorites — the guy who really shouldn’t be a hero, but is). In his most ideal form, he’s the one who sacrifices all, often including his own life, for the betterment of all who depend on/follow him.
He’s generally the baddest ass, as is demonstrated in classic werewolf stories. To be Alpha, you have to be able to hold your place of power against all comers. Which brings the discussion of power into the discussion: the Alpha is the guy with the power, whatever that means in the context of the story.
Recently, the ladies over at Coffee & Porn in the Morning had a very interesting conversation about this very topic, and brought up some qualities about the Alpha male that I had never considered before. Amy’s and primary point was, and I quote: “He who hath the biggest balls is not always the bestest lion. It takes more than cajones and an attitude to be an alpha male.”
The ladies go on to argue that the true Alpha, the leader, always has to put the good of the many over the good of the few — thanks, Mr. Spock. They say that a great leader HAS no true personal life, because it will always have to be held up in sacrifice of the things he has to do to keep his land/pack/people safe. Superman really can’t run off to save Lois Lane all the time (even though he totally used to all the time), because he’s supposed to be saving the world.
If we accept this definition of Alpha, I think it’s problematic for our genres (UF/PNR). After all, with PNR in particular, the ROMANCE is the central part of the plot. To be a romance hero, you HAVE to be putting your cajones on the line to save your love, no matter who else you’re supposed to be protecting. So while I find the conversation the ladies at Coffee & Porn had was thought provoking and certainly something to keep in mind, it can’t by definition work for us here.
Then again, how many “come here/go away because of our duty” relationships can you name? I can think of a classic TV one right off the top of my head: Buffy and Angel. While there were a lot of complicated reasons why they separated and stayed that way during the series (I spit on the comics. Ptew!) was their duty to their calling, to the cities they protected, and ultimately, to the world. In the Angel episode, “I Will Remember You,” Angel gives up the chance to have all of his dreams come true — to be human, to have a life with Buffy — because, as he says, “And if I stayed mortal one of us would wind up dead, maybe both of us… I won’t just stand by and let you fight, maybe die, alone…You saw what happened last night. If anything I’m a liability to you. You take chances to protect me, and that’s not just bad for you, it’s bad for the people we were meant to help… How can we be together if the cost is your life, or the lives of others?”
So which is it? Does love hurt or help the Alpha? Is his stand as the leader strengthened or weakened by his love interest?
Part of what I like in more recent years is the rise of the kick-ass heroine. The ultimate UF/PNR storyline, to me, is the heroine/hero being an equal pair that balance one another. That they can, and do, survive alone and do all right, but working together, bolstered by their physical/mental abilities and emotional ties to one another, make a better team, better able to protect the people/city/planet/pack. I love a lone/lonely Alpha who discovers that he is MORE when he has a heroine that can not only hold her own, but contribute to whatever his job is. So he may still be big and surly, but he respects his partner, and is a big squishball deep down toward them because of it.
The Alpha and his equal partner may have to save one another’s bacon every now and again, but the days of the damsel in distress are (or should be, imo) long gone.
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