Please welcome Ruby from Ruby Reads to Parajunkee's View this morning. Inspired by some of the questions popping up around the bloggysphere Ruby is taking a stance on Alphas...
In Defense of Alpha Heroes
I’ve stated my personal preference for alpha heroes, but that isn’t a blanket statement. I’m discerning. I like alpha heroes, not abusive cavemen. Alpha heroes only work if their heroines are strong, too. Without her strength, the alpha hero degenerates. In fact, I’d sat that real alpha heroes are attracted to strong women. Those who aren’t, well—they aren’t alpha heroes—they’re bullies. They’re abusive and they give alpha heroes a bad wrap. There’s a lot of good in this dominant species of hero—and plenty to love.
One of the defining characteristics of an alpha hero is his intense focus on the heroine. He generally has two chief priorities: making it clear that his heroine is his (to both the heroine and the rest of the world), and protecting her. This is why the alpha hero works best in dangerous situations. He’s the kind of guy every girl needs when she’s being stalked by murderous vampires or in fear of her life because she witnessed a murder. Yes, the alpha hero can be high-handed. Yes, he can be domineering. He’s not afraid to use sex or his physical superiority to get his way. But at the end of the day, the best kind of alpha hero doesn’t lose track of one very important fact: his mission is to keep his heroine safe, not to inflict pain on her.
Alpha heroes are no more flawed than other types of heroes. What’s so delicious about them is the focus they direct on the heroine. They’re steadfast in their pursuit of her. With an alpha hero, the heroine never has to wonder whether the hero really wants her or not. He’ll always make that very clear. It’s true that he’ll have a hard time taking no for an answer (he won’t. At all.) and that he’ll have a tendency to be jealous, but I think the alpha hero is worth it. At least, fictionally speaking. What about you?
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