Wednesday, May 9, 2012
How Do You Define a Hero?
I thought all my guys were alpha heroes. Not that they steamroll over the heroine or completely wall off their emotions, but they do step up to the plate when the time comes. The problem was they didn't seem to have that pushy, never-give-an-inch attitude many people associate with alphas. But they definitely didn't fit into the wimpy sidekick beta hero either.
Okay, I know technically (especially in stories with shifters) there is only one alpha leader. Therefore if you write a story about the other guys, like I do, they would be considered beta. But I just can't go there. In my opinion, the beta hero is a pushover. He wouldn't come to the heroine's rescue. He'd send in his best friend, the alpha, who would save her. He'd be the one to comfort her when the hero's been a jerk, but then turn her over to him when the guy showed up at the front door. But no one writes characters like that. I'm always looking to write the next story so even my "best friend" characters offer more than a supporting role.
So maybe I have the definition all wrong.
In my confusion I checked out THIS POST by Suzanne Brockman who writes all things alpha. But I still didn't get a good feel for this alpha hero. But I found this OTHER POST at The Road to Romance. But this post describes not alpha, not beta, but a gamma hero? Wai...whaaaat?
So I guess I'm aiming to write gamma heroes. Who knew?
The reality is. It doesn't matter what we call them. It's their heart and soul that draws us into the story over and over again. We need to connect to the hero. Believe he's real. Believe he's the only one for the heroine. Believe in their love story.
What about you? Do you like your guys all alpha in stories and keep your betas for real life or are you a combo kind of gal like me ... enjoying a gamma between the pages?
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