Here's the first post.
Today, to continue the release party, I'm going to talk about unlikable heroes that we know and love.
Of course, there's the bad boy types that we know we shouldn't like, but do. Most of them have been played by Sean Bean at one point or another. Or will be. But by unlikable heroes, I really mean guys who have something wrong with them in the beginning.
I would consider, for instance, Jack from Romancing the Stone. Jack T. Colton. He's not a good guy. Sure, he has some redeeming qualities, but he mostly wants to lie, steal, cheat, and kill his way through life. He meets Joan Wilder and she changes him. He quite literally goes on a journey with her that changes him--makes him want to be a better man. In the beginning of the movie, he's not a man I would hang out with, let alone want to date my friends. He's got a wry sense of humor, so I like to watch him. But I don't like him as a person.
Another Jack. Jack Sparrow. He has no morals, his compass points in the direction of his will. He lies, steals, cheats... you get the idea. Granted, he doesn't have a "heroine" necessarily. But he definitely has friends on his journey. He's unlikable, yet likable. Why? Mostly because he's funny. Maybe we identify with him a little. But I don't know.
I could name a few romance novel heroes, of course, but we've probably not read a lot of the same books. The unlikable hero was very popular in the 90s, but until recently, I hadn't read a lot of him. Apparently, he's making a come-back. He made at least one come-back--to my novel, His Wounded Heart. Sean is definitely a wounded hero. In the beginning, you may not like him. But I hope that you like him in the end!
What about you? What makes you like an unlikable hero? Does he have to change for you to like him? Do you have criteria like I'd have to want him to date one of my friends or I have to want to be around him?