Hello all! Welcome to another Tuesday Talks. Today I'm asking about our heroes of romance. We all have out favorites who we love to read and write about. The bad boy, the boy next door, the alpha male. Something about them makes our hearts beat fast and our knees weak. They keep us glued to the page or the silver screen.
The Tortured Hero
I admit, I love reading and writing about these heroes who always pull at my heartstrings. What is it about these fellas that I love so much? For me, it's not just about piling on adversity or angst, it's about characters who have truly struggled and somehow found a way to persevere. A character doesn't have to be an alpha male to be a tortured hero. One of my most troubled characters is Chauncey Irving, from The Auspicious Troubles of Chance--though I would stick to calling him Chance or it could get ugly. He's not a big tough alpha, but he is a force to be reckoned with. I love my fellas, but Chance is one of my favorites. (Shsh, don't tell the others!)
Chance is a tortured hero, not only because of the circumstances he found himself in throughout his life--some within and some out of his control, but for Chance, like some of my other heroes, there is no magic cure. His past broke him, and although he wanted to move on, to make a better life for himself, he just couldn't find a way to do it, and in the end, he learns he can never truly leave it all behind. His pain is a part of him, but he manages to turn his life around and find happiness with help from those he comes to care about, his unconventional family who teach him he doesn't have to go at it alone.
Chance grew up on the streets of New York City in the early 1800s after running away from the orphanage his parents dropped him off at when he was just a kid. He survived on his looks and his smarts. He gained everything he had ever wanted only to lose it in one fell swoop. This set him on a path of self-destruction. Booze, drugs, violence, and lots of meaningless sex. He didn't care about anyone, least of all himself. He wanted to be a better man, but didn't know how. His desperation leads him to the French Foreign Legion in the 1920s, where he meets Jacky Valentine--his new commandant, a man who his superiors believe can set Chance straight--so to speak, as well as the three misfit teens Jacky has taken under his wing. With Jacky and the 'brats', Chance learns that not only is he capable of love, but that he deserves it as well.
Warning: Story contains good old fashioned romance, foul language, and a good amount of grumpiness. Pet names such as hummingbird, snugglepup, and buttercup may be used to infuriate said hero.
What's your favorite type of hero to read or write about? What kind of hero do you want to see more or less of?