The Back to School book bash has started! It’s always so much fun, and we love everyone participating. So many great prizes!
Alpha or beta heros? Today’s big question! I’m sure even though we read all kind of stories with all kind of heros, we are usually pulled to the alpha or beta type.
Alpha–A man who takes charge.
Beta–More of a passive type male.
Typically the alpha male have more of a super hero persona, while the beta males have more of an emotional persona. We don’t want to stereotype, but lines are often drawn on our heros. Personally, I’ve always been more of a beta type of hero girl. Most of the books I’ve written have that type of hero.
In my novella, One Summer Sunset, Trey has to entrust the most important person in his life to Evee. Will hearts shatter as lives are changed, or will love prevail over all obstacles?
Trey is a fire fighter–a typically alpha male type job. But Trey is more beta than alpha. While I like beta heros, I like them to have their alpha moments, or scenes. There’s probably some really good psychology that could explain why I’m that way, but we won’t get into that.
Each of us knows what we like.
Not to say I don’t read books with alpha males. I do. They make great heros. The take charge kind of guy. We have in mind rescues, harrowing escapes, leaping from tall buildings. (Okay–sorry, went too far there!) But you get the drift. There’s always something exciting going on with the alpha males. And when alpha heroes have their sweet and tender moments, whoo, we rejoice with them.
Just like when our betas let loose, or have had enough, and that inherent need to protect takes over. We root for them and want them to succeed and celebrate with them.
Well written heros will not be one dimensional and be totally alpha–or totally beta. They are a combination of the best of both worlds, yet one of those worlds will be dominant.
I’d love to hear what your favorite hero is. One commenter will be chosen at random to win an e copy of my novella, One Summer Sunrise.