Heroes - what do we really think of them?
Alrighty! I love heroes. You need a hero. Every book has a hero, be it horror, romance, urban fantasy, western - every book.
Do they need to be alpha? Not at all. You can get beta heroes. The kind who are good buddies to a stronger bloke, a quieter kind of hero, someone who isn't the head of a covert operation.
I actually find beta heroes quite intriguing. Some of my books have the beta hero...I guess if you can call a muscle-bound hunk a beta hero LOL. They're not always the captain of the trade spaceship, but may be a member of the crew, and in some cases they've been one of the bodyguards rather than the main planet leader.
That's not to say there isn't room for the alpha hero. C'mon, ladies of romance, what's not to love in the ol' alpha, chest-beating, he-man? Well, unless you're not into that kind of hero
. But they can be such fun! I LOVE watching an alpha male brought to his knees by love (or a small kitten. That'll always get me. Give me a strong he-man that's mushy with animals and you've got me hooked).
So saying, I think there're all kinds of heroes in books. The quiet thinker, the gung-ho-he-man, the take-charge hero, the dependable buddy, the rogue - so many to choose from!
But what is their main quality? I reckon it's loyalty, love and the knowing and the doing of what is right. This is a redeeming quality of even the most dubious hero. Any man I think is a hero has to have these basics - or at least develop them during the book!
Any other opinions?
author of the Heart & Soul sci-fi/futuristic romance series