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What is your favorite character archetype(s)?
I am unashamed (and probably not revealing anything new to most of you) to admit that my favorite character archetype remains the dark, stoic, tragic, broody, wounded/broken, haunted, self-loathing/at least feeling not quite worthy of the heroine/hero, always on the edge of snapping, with a secret heart of gold, alpha (but not alpha-hole, or maybe not a LOT alpha-hole) male. Vampire is best, but these days I’ll even take a well-drawn dark & gritty human. Other supernaturals are always welcome.
FYI, when I talk about the alpha-hole, I’m talking about the complete jerk who has to “mark,” “possess,” or otherwise just *take* the hero/ine, without any real regard for what she wants or desire to know her as an individual being. I really can’t stand that long-standing paranormal trope about pre-destined “mates” or whatever, cheating around the need to actually develop a relationship. It’s the paranormal equivalent of “insta-love.” Insta-lust, insta-infatuation, insta-admiration/respect, sure. That’s what we actually feel when we meet someone for the first time. I don’t believe that real love happens that quickly. Of course, we have to truncate it for fiction somewhat, but I prefer the “at first they hated each other” trope to the “destined mates” trope. And I REALLY hate the alpha who all but rapes the hero/ine because they “can’t” control themselves in the grips of the MATING. Ugh.
I need my alpha to be tough, maybe even hard and angry on the outside, but ultimately sensitive, a little lost, and soft on the inside. He has to consider the hero/ine his equal or superior, his partner in life and love. And crazy paranormal adventure!
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Oh, Angel. *sigh*
Although I loved Lestat first (I read INTERVIEW when I had to use a foot stool to reach it on the shelf), and a few incarnations of Dracula second, Lestat was only broody sometimes. And Dracula could be broody or not, depending on the tone of the TV show or movie (i.e. the director), and who was playing him. But that’s another discussion for another LONG post!
Sadly, my other great love, the snarky, kick-ass, pop-culture-reference-spouting heroine has gotten a bit rusty. Only a really good writer, or an established character does it for me anymore. We need some more original heroines! Right now I don’t really have a favorite archetype. I just look for a smart, strong, funny woman (or man, in m/m).
One of my favorite heroines lately was Dru in IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton. She wasn’t sure of herself. She was a little, okay, a lot, geeky. She didn’t think she was very powerful or worth the attention of the kind of man she wanted. But she discovered, when pushed to it, that she was very powerful, and that she was not only worthy of the man she wanted, she was cared for by one who was a better match for her. Who literally helped her become more. She came into herself without changing, if you understand what I mean. She was still that woman we met in the beginning, but in possession of her power.
Reading some other posts today, I’m reminded how much I love the anti-hero and the REALLY reluctant hero, as well. Han Solo was my first, then Lestat, and onward to Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool and Noomi Rapace’s Lisbeth Salander (goddess, I love that woman!), among others.
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