Okay. Heroes. After Karen's post yesterday got us all thinking about favorite Hollywood kisses in honor of Valentine's Day and our Heartwarming efforts, the progression to favorite Hollywood heroes seems very natural. (And I didn't know what else to talk about. You're all so smart and well-informed, that I have nothing to share that you don't already know!)
What kind of a hero inspires you as a writer and a woman?
Personally, I don't get the bad-boy hero; my savvy mother taught me to be smart and self-protective. I know there's lots of drama in his possible redemption, but I can't write that kind of hero because I can't love him while I'm writing him. And I have to. Do you? Many editors over the years have told me that I create characters who are 'too nice.' I have trouble relating to characters who aren't. I was taught that your rights end at your elbow and you have to be considerate of everyone within bumping distance.
My heroes are always good guys who love to argue with the heroine, but would never deliberately hurt her - physically or emotionally
So, here's a list of some of my favorite movie and tv heroes. Would love to know which heroes become part of your books and why.
1. Hawkeye in THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS.
2. Joe Fox in YOU'VE GOT MAIL
3. Jack in WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
4. Graham in THE HOLIDAY
5. Jake in MUST LOVE DOGS
6. Sam in GHOST
7. Edward Lewis in PRETTY WOMAN
8. Nick Marshall in WHAT WOMEN WANT
9. David in LOVE, ACTUALLY (and Mark, too, who finally lets go of his love for Juliet)
10. Rick Castle in CASTLE
Happy day after Valentine's Day, Everyone.