So, confession time. One of my favorite shows? The Vampire Diaries. Hands down. It has some great story-telling (if a tad too many carnivals, I mean seriously, it's a small town, I know you carnival-or-town-gathering-of-some-kind-with-scary-things-happening-in-shadows setting, but one every couple episodes is kinda pushing it!) Ahem, back to my main point. Or rather my two main points: The Salvatore Brothers. They are delicious on a stick.
My other confession. From the start, I've thought, wow, while I do love this whole Elana-Stephan eternal love thing they've got going on, a big part of me wishes she would have fallen for the more tormented brother Damon! I think: She could have saved him! All he needs is her love in order to come over to the good side!
Yeah. This is really bad Real World Logic. Bad boys are not good for happiness, stability, or sanity in general. But ever since Lord Byron and Mr. Darcy (and I'm sure others long before), readers find something delectable about the bad boy. Bad boys. Doing bad things. On the very edge of redemption... but never quite making it. Yet the eternal question remains, taunting us romantics: but what if they could? What if, maybe someday, they will turn from the dark side of the force and be the sexy dark romantic good guy?
There's a bad boy in my debut novel Glitch. He's veritably villainous. And yet, of all my characters, he's the one who keeps me up at night, my heart breaking for him even as I prepare to write the next scene in which he will do what bad boys do. He's also the one that every reader comments about making the most lasting impression!
So, the takeaway from all this? Bad boys make for good fiction ;)
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