Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: Happy Birthday Lord Byron

Flamboyant. Passionate. Notorious. The original bad boy.

Today would have been Lord Byron's 226 birthday, but we still see his influences everywhere we look.

The Byronic hero is an irresistable archetype. The seductive, dark anti-hero steals our hearts. Despite his arrogance and self-destructive tendencies, we are drawn to his conflicted nature.

Jay Gastby. Jericho Barrons. Rhett Butler. Tony Stark. All flawed. All heartbreakers. All Byronic.

In celebration of the bad boys that we all love, share your favorite literary bad boy with us and tell us why.

Pleasure's a sin, and sometime's sin's a pleasure. -- Lord Byron (Don Juan)


Carla Swafford said...

Bones in Jeaniene Frost's in her Night Huntress series. He's Spike remade. Enough said.

The men in Anne Stuart's Ice series. Each are dangerous but when it comes down to it, they'll give their lives for the women they love. That's enough to give me shivers in the good way.

Louisa Cornell said...

Dain from Lord of Scoundrels

Kylemore from Claiming the Courtesan

Ian from Dangerous to Love

Than again, Byron is still one of my very favorite bad boys !!

Suzanne Johnson said...

Any one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood guys would qualify, for sure! But my fave is big, bad, damaged Vishous :-)

Lexi said...

Just finished the latest BDD book, and I agree with Suzanne. Any of them would qualify. Vishous got gypped. Still mad about that one!