It seems that a lot of people have a thing for the “bad boy” in books. They swoon over his angst, his dark and quiet sexiness, and dismiss his insults as just a front to cover up his true feelings. I can understand this, and I even wrote a post about it for last year’s Love Triangles 101 on my old blog.
But for me, I much prefer the good guy in the books. I like the male character that is friendly and kind, the one that doesn’t react to the MC in the immediate “Ugh, get out of my face because you make me feel things I’ve never felt before.” Whenever a love triangle pops up, I usually feel more attached to the kinder one. Even if it isn’t a love triangle, if one of the secondary characters is a happy boy-next-door compared to the broody main male, I’ll go for the happy character.
For an example involving a love triangle, I refer you to The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Will is this gruff and sharp-tongued male, compared to the nicer and sweeter Jem. Almost immediately, I was put off by how Will acted and I was attached to Jem for the rest of the series. Another example is the trio from Sky Song series by Sharon Sant (a series I definitely enjoyed more). So Jacob may not exactly be the angsty broody boy, but Luca is the guy who will make a lady laugh, he will take her out for a good time, and he’s that source of humour in the book.
Maybe it’s because I don’t go for the brooding bad boys in real life or in other forms of media. I like a guy who I can be great friends with, that we can make each other laugh, and doesn’t bring me down with insults or push me away. I don’t get attracted to the guy who treats me harshly, who looks at me with a glare and makes me feel like he hates being around me.
I’m sorry, but mama don’t need that drama!
How about you, dear reader?
Do you love Bad Boys? Why or why not? Or, like me, do you prefer the Good Guys?
Let me know in the comments!