I think I must be a weird throwback from Happy Days or something. Because I’ll go ahead and be honest. I don’t see the appeal of the bad boy. When I see a man on a motorcycle do you know what I think? That the average life span of a motorcycle rider is two years. When I see someone all decked out in leather I think, “Aren’t they hot in those thick clothes?” When I see someone doing something just to be contrary I just think they’re an idiot.
Maybe deep inside I’m just too pragmatic to love the bad boy. It annoys me when people break the rules just to break the rules, or to make a point, or to entertain themselves. If my kids did something like that I’d pop em upside the head.
So what’s the appeal? I’m sincerely asking because I haven’t got a clue. I don’t have a single bad boy character. I have heroes who aren’t nice, or who drink too much or who repeatedly do the wrong thing (because they aren’t capable of doing the right thing) but other than a few little details they share nothing in common with that bad boy. So why should I make one? Help me out here. I live in my own little world and I just roll my eyes at real “bad boys.”
Tell me, why their literary counterparts?