BLOG HOP: Good Girl Gone Bad

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Thursday, June 23rd 2011:
QUESTION: When creating a main character, is it better to start with a good girl/guy with a drop of “bad”, or a bad girl/guy with a drop of “good”? Question provided by delightful author Lara Z

I guess it would depend on what you write. A good dose of horror is great with a lead “bad guy”, but a drop of good won’t do him any good unless that drop becomes a flood and completely washes the bad guy of all his nastiness and purifies his behaviour. But in novels, as in real life, no one is all angel or all naughty little devil.

A bad guy getting his comeuppance is great. A bad guy getting a second chance to perhaps undo all the evil he has done, or to do that one good deed, which completely changes him as a character and perhaps saves another’s life in the process – makes for an even better read.

Then there’s the Robin Hood character. He’s an outlaw, a bit of wide boy, yet we don’t think of him as a baddie as his motives are so good.

In erotica, though, the good “butter-wouldn’t-melt” girl next door with thousands of good girl points stashed in her bottom drawer, can ever so easily mix with the wrong crowd and quickly lose all her good girl points and her bottom’s drawers!

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11 thoughts on “BLOG HOP: Good Girl Gone Bad

  1. I don’t think I like the MC to be the ‘bad’ guy, but he can have that touch of wildness to keep him interesting. I do like stories where the POV switches between the good and bad guy, creating a sort of dance between the two. I get the best of both worlds that way. 🙂

  2. I like the bad guy who finds out they’re just as needy as the rest of us for something as simple,yet hard to find as love…..usually at the hands of the too good to be true who find out they’re not so goody-good as they thought they were.

  3. I agree with Dianne. I’d like my main characters in romance and sub-genres to be good with a touch of bad … they might even bumble a bit and exhibit other character flaws … but they care … get in trouble, get out of trouble, and have a happy ever after (and for now) ending.

  4. As a writer, bad is just so much easier to write. Good becomes very hard to expand on so quickly. And as a reader, I always love the bad boy. Any wonder my books always have a delicious villain?

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I always love checking in here. It’s so wonderfully dark. 🙂

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