I think we're all familiar with the standard hero types such as the alpha and the beta so I won't bother to bore you with a lot of talk about their characteristics. Alphas are great and much loved by readers for many years. How many of you remember the mega-alpha men of Kathleen Woodiwiss' books? I remember sighing over them as a teen even though had I really known a man like that in real life, I'd probably have gotten into many an argument at his take charge attitude.
The rise of the beta hero, I believe came about as more women moved into the work force and became self sufficient financially. We did still have dreams of being taken care of but maybe in a less autocratic way.
The modern reader gets her choice of the kind of hero she would like. From cowboys to bad boys on motorcycles, to sensitive, tattooed musicians and even same sex heroes. Aren't we lucky that we can read pretty much any kind of hero we like? I, for one, love this new world of anything goes and the authors that bring us these new and unique stories.
The woman as hero is always a great story, as well. The urban fantasy world has opened this up like in no other time I can recall. I'm digging those stories.
There's also the latest trend, in books and television shows, of the antihero hero. I'm still on the fence about this development. I mean, Dexter was a serial killer, right? And we're supposed to root for him? This is a new mind set for the old dinosaur in me. What do you think? Who is your favorite antihero?
We're in a wonderful age for readers. Lots of new developments in the world of writing and writers and more choices than ever. There's something for everyone out there to enjoy. How exciting a time to live in. The age of the never-ending TBR stack!
What's your favorite hero type? What is your go-to book type that's a no-brainer because you know you'll love the hero?