One of the problems of writing hero point of view is keeping your guy a guy. He’s looking out into the world, and any introspection is a brief lifting of the lid rather than the full rummage into the bottom of the psychic suitcase that women (okay, this woman) enjoys.
There’s no, ‘Hey, there’s where I left that old guilt…if I let out the seams I think it’ll still fit me.”
I’m a very hero-centric writer. Most of my story ideas start with an idea around a hero and as a reader he’s the most important element in a romance for me.
So I’m always interested in the ongoing discussion about alpha versus beta heroes on reader/writer blogs and boards. Is he a tough warrior alphahole or an affable, easygoing friend?
I read an interesting comment by Ruthie Knox here where she described alphas as having the tendency to lead and betas the tendency to nurture.
|My hero preference as a reader is alpha with a sense of humour|
Recently I came across a blog that talked about delta’s (‘normal’ guys) and gamma’s (introspective, socially unskilled) and omega’s (social losers).
But the category that intrigued me as a romance reader and writer was sigmas.
“The outsider who doesn't play the social game and manages to win at it anyhow. The sigma is hated by alphas because sigmas are the only men who don't accept or at least acknowledge, however grudgingly, their social dominance.
In a social situation, the sigma is the man who stops in briefly to say hello to a few friends accompanied by a Tier 1 girl that no one has ever seen before. Sigmas like women, but tend to be contemptuous of them. They are usually considered to be strange. They are at the top of the social hierarchy despite their refusal to play by its rules. Sigmas usually acquired their outsider status the hard way; one seldom becomes immune to the social hierarchy by virtue of mass popularity in one's childhood.”
Sounds like our archetypical bad boy doesn’t it? James Dean, Dirty Harry, Wolverine. Except the description applies equally well to Sherlock Holmes as played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the
So who’s your favorite fictional hero, movie or books? Is he alpha, beta, sigma or in a class of his own?