I’m a fan of the show Supernatural. Like, a serious “I only started watching the show last fall but have since caught up to the current (10th) season” kind of fan. On top of that, my Pinterest is covered with pics of Sam, Dean, and Cas and I even created a Twitter account just to
stalk follow SPN-related accounts.
Yeah, it’s a problem.
Anyway, I came across this little “tournament” from Eonline, Alpha Male Madness 2015, where TV tough guy hotties go head to head for top Alpha status. Or something. But with all three members of Team Free Will on there, of course I voted. Important stuff, you know? But it got me thinking, sexy or not, these guys are a bit of a mess. Especially my favorite and Alpha Male 2014 title holder, Dean Winchester. He’s hardly the picture of emotional stability, let alone good relationship material.
Dean is dangerous, brooding, and damaged, but he’s also fiercely loyal with major protective instincts. Oh yeah, and pretty easy on the eyes, too. Not unlike some of my favorite heroes in romance. Which brings my back to the subject of this post, something that comes up again and again while discussing the genre with other fans.
Why do so many of us go for the bad boy alphas in fiction, when so few of us would actually consider that a good choice in real life?
I’ve heard numerous reasons, and most seem to circle back to the idea of romance novels as a form of escapism. Books provide the reader a respite from everyday life, and many romances offer the promise of a happily ever after, which for some, can be elusive in reality. While reading, one can “experience” everything from motorcycle club turf wars to vampire attacks to a night in a billionaire’s Red Room, all while safely tucked away with your eBook or paperback. And of course, the uber-masculine hero only has eyes for the heroine as they encounter the story’s trials and tribulations.
So all in all, it’s a good deal. You get the best of both worlds–the risk and passion of fiction, in the (relative) safety of your own surroundings. After all, hot mess book boyfriends and all their baggage belong in books. I’m more than happy just to read about their drama and eventual HEA’s; it’s safer that way!