Why is it so many books seem to feature the same guy as the main character? In my classroom, I swear the same kid is solving all the crimes in the world and he just changes his name to fit the title. This is what I like in a MC.
1) I like my heroes a little messy. If it’s a romance PLEASE don’t make the hero perfectly coiffed with an angular jaw line. I always gravitate to the guy that’s been somewhere and done something, and so it shows on his clothes. When I first hugged my husband his sweater smelled like balsam fir, you know, a Christmas tree. He’d been cutting wood that day. I was hooked!
2) I like my heroes a little messy on the inside, too. What I mean is they have to have an inner conflict that makes them vulnerable. It’s boring and predictable to have Mr. Perfect who looks perfect come in and save the day without a challenge to his soul. I love Mr. Darcy for his conflicts. (I also love Colin Firth, but that’s got nothing to do with this. Does it?)
3) I like a hero to keep me on the edge of my seat wondering if he can get the job done. His inner conflict and outer conflict should be fighting with each other the whole story until he reaches his goal. Yay, my hero….
4) I like my heroes to have a special talent, an obscure hobby, or I like them to teach me something I don’t know. No more cardboard characters allowed!
5) My favorites: Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice, because he’s dark, secretive, and not what you think. Jamie, from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, a little clumsy, messy, primitive. Russ from the Claire Fergusson series by Julia Spencer-Fleming; he’s smart, careful to a fault, sensitive.
Aw, my heroes…