Monday, April 17, 2006

The Unheroic Hero

SEx ... Silver Expressions
I was thinking last night about some of the things that a hero could do that takes away from his "heroic" status. I've come up with a few, but I invite you to add your own suggestions. Personally, the following would be enough to make me hate a hero:
1. Farting -- yeah, I know it's part of nature, but it's one of those things you don't want to think about
2. Picking his nose -- unless he's two, it isn't cute
3. Scratching his privates -- again, something that should be done in private or is better not printed
4. Stinky feet -- one of those things you'd simply rather not know
5. Unable to get it up, especially for the heroine. I know this is one of those things that many men deal with, but a writer can handle it creatively to make him still seem like a hero despite the little problem.
6. Pooping or peeing -- I think this ranks right up there with farting.
7. Whining. Everyone has a right to his own feelings, but nobody likes a whiner. However, I know I'm guilty of this offense from time-to-time.
8. Sexual Harrassment. Sexual tension is something that needs to be woven correctly. While a good story often involves the hero making unwanted sexual advances, it shouldn't be to the point that the heroine feels threatened by them.
9. A hairy back -- again, I know many men have hair on their backs. And yes, some women aren't bothered by it. However, if you can braid it, perhaps it's better not mentioned.
10. Bigger breasts than the heroine -- in the real world, this is probably common. However, in a romance novel, you want to be able to escape into a fantasy world.

Now, what do you find unheroic?
Erin Katz


Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

LOL! Those are great!

8:32 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

I'd add belching to that list.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

I agree with Kim...that and spitting and any kind of bad B.O.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Tina Holland said...

Snoring...she says as DH saws logs...Ugh! It's okay in real life but not for books...

11:53 PM  
Blogger blackroze37 -tami said...

bad breathe, whew some breathe on men could dehair some other guys backs

greasy hair/hands (as in mechanic)

does men not know to mash out the blackheads on their noses?

food in moustache

nose hair running into moustache

enough old spice on to clean out my sinuses

lol never heard of a hero to leave the toliet seat up

men just dont know how to groom themselves unless living with a woman

not sure if all the would fit with hero, but plain bad men traits

1:47 AM  
Blogger blackroze37 -tami said...

beer belly

1:49 AM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

Tami I'm howling at Old Spice! OMG!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Erin Katz said...

I hadn't thought about B.O. or bad breath. Considering annoying smells are my pet peeve, I should have. LOL!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Christy Robin said...

ROFL! Actually peeing doesn't bother me. If he does it near me, I might get to take a peek. Of course, I'm a bit weird so go figure.


5:05 PM  

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