This isn’t really a new topic here on the blog. I’ve talked before about my thought process behind creating the heroic characters in my novels. I’ve also talked about my love for the flawed hero. This past weekend some fellow writer friends and I even talked about our mutual affection for the anti-hero.
You know what I’m talking about here. This isn’t the hero who is willing to step over the line of right and wrong to protect the woman of his dreams or someone who can’t protect himself. No, the anti-hero is someone you would never think of as a hero at all…except for some reason he captures your heart and you want to root for him.
Or spend some time with him.
You’ve heard women — probably even me — say at one time or another they like a “bad-boy” or at least someone with that image.
I thought it was a harmless itch that could be scratched by a good book or a good movie that featured the anti-hero.
That is, until the past week.
Have you seen this picture:
Warning: This is a mug shot.
It began last week. A police department posted this mug shot of a convicted felon who had been arrested on weapons charges.
Let me repeat that: Convicted Felon!
That little piece of information didn’t stop the posted mug shot from going viral. Thousands upon thousands of women liking the photo and commenting on how beautiful the man is. (Frankly, I don’t see it!)
Comments about his eyes.
His high cheekbones.
Soon after going viral on the net, the mainstream media picked it up. I’ve seen stories on the evening news, Good Morning America, and –last night — Entertainment Tonight. All programs asking the question why.
Why is the fact that this man is a dangerous criminal not relevant to how he is perceived?
I could go on and on here about how it’s an indication of a shallow society. Or how as much as we protest about how wrong it is, people do pay attention to looks, but those questions are for another post.
What I’m question this morning is my–and others–attraction to the anti-hero.
What are your thoughts about the bad-boy syndrome? Are you a fan?