I know this is probably an unpopular opinion, but hey, I feel like it needs to be said. Can we please, please, have male heroes in romance that aren’t these musclebound Alpha males?
Well, Kat, aren’t you a writer? Why don’t you do something about it? Short answer is, I’m trying. My stories hit about half and half, but when I do write strong males, I try to focus on other features/aspects too.
Why is this irking me in particular today? I picked up a paranormal erotica, looking for some fun smutty fun, and while it’s well written and entertaining, the lead male oozes so much machismo I want to gag. Perhaps it has to do with my own personality–I’m a tomboy and not quite shy about being direct and in charge. In fact, I’m a bit of a control freak, so these Alpha males push all the wrong buttons for me. Don’t get me wrong. I can understand some of the allure–girls want to read about a guy who’s going to take charge and rush in and save them–it’s a reprieve from the difficulties of everyday life. As a girl who HATES control taken from me, those type of guys don’t really work for me. While I may not be the majority, I’m sure I’m not the only one. Where are the emotionally self assured guys? The intelligently strong? It could also be me finding the wrong books, sure. I’m just asking for some variety here.
On my end, I’ll do my best to inject some of what I’m asking for in the stories I write. On the flipside though, a strong heroine goes a long way into tamping down that Alpha male-ism.
Let’s just say I’m a fan of variety.