This is where I share some totally pointless things!
Today I’m going to be listing down a few of the tropes we see in YA heroes. There are a lot of them, really. A lot.
*This is post if filled purely with my opinion. I do hope I don’t offend anyone by bashing on their book boyfriends!
ღ The Bad Boy (n.): The boys who give the finger to all the rules.
Examples: Kaidan Rowe (Sweet Evil), Daemon Black (Obsidian), Dante Walker (The Collector)
Swoon Level: 5/10 (Hey, that’s still a lot)
Why? I don’t always like the bad boys, but it depends on whether or not they have some other redeeming qualities. Often or not, they don’t even sound like typical teenagers. Based on my examples, I only semi-like Dante.
ღ The Manipulative Asshole (n.): The possessive, “dominant” male leads. Or you know, just the disturbing ones.
Christian Fucking Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey), Warner (Shatter Me), Morpheus (Splintered)
Swoon Level: Can I say 0/10?
Why? This is the part where an angry mob comes after me with pitchforks, wondering why the hell I don’t like Warner or Morpheus. I know a lot of you may be… attracted to these kinds of heroes, but personally, I think they are way off the freaky-no-thanks chart.
ღ The Quirky Ones (n.): The guy who is funny and/or weird. Or immature in an endearing way.
Examples: Percy Jackson (The Lightning Thief), Captain Carswell Thorne (Cress)
Swoon Level: 9/10, I’d say
Why? Who doesn’t like funny guys? I love how they make books easier to read with their lightheartedness and easy-to-love attitude. Give me more of these, please! (No, go ahead, throw some recommendations at me.)
ღ The Friends (n.): This may be the main heroine’s best friend, childhood friend or ordinary friend.
Examples: Sam Henry (Caching Jordan), Braden Lewis (On the Fence), Stu Wagemaker (Love and Other Foreign Words)
Swoon Level: 8/10–it depends!
Why? These characters can have different attitudes, but most of the time they’re the funny, maybe cocky guys who understand the heroine well. I do have the tendency to ship friends more than I do the heroine with guys she just met.
ღ He Who is Too Serious (n.): There are guys who are kind of like rocks sometimes, right?
Examples: Dimitri Belikov (Vampire Academy), Fang (The Angel Experiment)
Swoon Level: 7/10-ish
Why? I don’t love guys who are just poker face all the time, but most of the time these guys have a soft spot for the heroines and they end up being adorably protective!
Agree with me? What are your favorite/least favorite types of heroes?
Aimee loves to swoon. Give her all the cute guys and she’ll never stop reading. You’ll catch her smiling while reading sometimes–it freaks her family out.