Hero’s is it his profession?
We have all fell in love with them. The cowboy, the fireman, the cop? Race car driver. How about a the truckdriver? (Don’t turn your nose up at the idea.If he fits a story he can be a hero.)
Is it his looks?
Must he be tall,dark and Handsome? Or can he be stout, sturdy,blond and blue eyed. Facial Hair, can he be built like a NFL line backer, or a short nerdy guy that most people wouldn’t give the time of day two.
Isn’t it more important that he fit the story. Maybe he isn’t John Wayne or Sean Connery, maybe he’s a professor in economics that is white as a ghost because he is allergic to the sun. But he can make the Heroine’s heart go pitter-patter because he is willing to hold her. Willing to make the sacrifice to take care of her or at least the situation at hand.
Okay, Okay I admit the better looking he is the better. That’s why we all escape to books anyway. To meet the Dashing man of our Imaginenation. If the Character meets the need and fits the story. That’s your Hero.
Hey I don’t find Dennis Franz or the gentleman from the Saprono’s exciting but that is just my thoughts millions of women and tuned in every week to watch them.
Hero’s in my book, kind, gentle, knows even in anger to take care of a situation,dog lover, cat hater, all ways kind to children and old people even when they won’t say a nice word to the child’s mother. Thoughtful, arrogant, can be boorish,can play dumb, old fashioned, angery, hostile, tired, full of energy, willing to see reason even if it is they last thing they want to do.
wears glasses,has facial hair has secrets and scars. Good sense of humor, believes in God even if he won’t talk about it. Good upbringing , no up bringing.
Willing to hold out for better. But won’t let better get away from him if she tries to leave. Looks, dresses the way he wants and willing to fight to the death if necessary once he realizes that he can’t live without that special someone.
Cliches,are good not over used and makes me think of wonderful Hero’s from the past. Or even from the future. There is nothing wrong with being rugged.
Give me john Wayne, Harrison Ford, Robert Mitchum, and all their male pattern baldness. If they make me feel like a strong but helpless female. (Yes,I don’t get to be that way. But I like feeling like I’m being protected by the men in my books.)
So Bring out the Cliches. I’ll take another helping.