For those of you here for the A-Z Challenge; it's day two. Letter B. And B shall represent Bad Boys. As a bonus, today is also the first Wednesday of the month. That means it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which I never miss. In the interest of keeping things concise, please allow this post to serve both purposes. This one is for you, fellas.
Oh how we love our bad boys of fiction! When well written, those celebrated scoundrels stick with us through time and space and are never far from our minds. But if we are being honest, do they truly stay in that fictional space in our minds?
If you think about it, whose profile do most women choose to date? Is it the perpetual bad boy, the one with an edge, the one who has no job, no car, major baggage and serious mental problems? Isn't it obvious, he's just wildly misunderstood. Clearly, he needs a girl just like them, to help "change" him. (I wish I had a dollar for every time one of my girlfriends has used that line.) It really upsets me. Because I'm a fan of the nice guy.
What about the "nice" guy? He has all the qualifications and characteristics a woman should desire, on paper. Yet he's the one that's usually left in the dust. He's the one you could connect with instantly. A girl could find herself opening up to him, without fear. You also know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, (unlike bad boy) he would always be there for you. But he's expendable. In books, movies and sadly, all too often in real life.
When does the good guy NOT finish last? For once, can he not get thrown out into "the friend zone"? And if he did, would that book suck? Why, oh why, ladies are we so attracted to those bad boys, when we know deep down he is not right for us? OK, this protective Mom, who knows and loves some really nice boys, (who have all gotten the major shaft lately) is done ranting. Let me throw some questions at you:
To my fellow members of the IWSG and writers everywhere: When you form characters, do you think about who's going to finish last? Can the nice guy EVER snag the girl? Do you ever fear that if he does, your readers' interest might fade? Who are some of your favorite bad boy characters? What about good, nice boy characters? Does he ever get the girl?
And now to my A-Zer's: What about in real life? Why are girls/boys always drawn to the wrong choice? How much heartbreak does one have to endure before they realize it all could have been avoided if the nice guy/girl was chosen? Did you ever pick the nice guy/girl? In your life experience, how many times has the bad boy truly been converted from the dark side?