Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Zeta...
I've finished going through THE VISCOUNT'S KISS, addressing some editorial concerns. I gather I made my heroine a little, ahem, harsh, at some points. What can I say? Authors sometimes have life stuff going on that affects their work and I suspect some of mine crept in there. Gone now.
I also suppose my hero, Buggy, is going to be described as "beta," meaning not alpha.
I'm always surprised by that label, because in my mind, all my heroes are alpha as I understand it (confident, protective) when they need to be.
The rest of the time, no, not so much, because I don't really like the uber-alpha hero. I find them too arrogant. Give me a strong, confident hero, yes, but let him think, at some point, that maybe the heroine's right to want nothing to do with him. Maybe he isn't all that and a bag of chips. Because if he doesn't have that moment of vulnerability, I tend to think winning the heroine's love is just that. It's a contest and he wins. She's a prize, the proof that his arrogant self-confidence isn't misplaced.
Nope, show me the worry.
Show me some humility.
Show me a man who's strong, handsome, powerful -- and who is desperately afraid he's going to lose the one thing he's come to cherish above all because of his own mistakes.
Call it what you will, that's the kind of hero I want to see. That's the kind of hero I try to create.