By Mageela Troche
Throughout history, we’ve exalted the hero but in romance, there is one that is an utterly delicious one—the Anti-hero.
These heroes exist in every sub-genre whether the rake in regency, the town’s bad boy in the contemporary or the vampire. At first interaction, he appears unredeemable, a man of too many flaws and nothing to recommend him. But then, he stands up for the girl getting hit on in the bar or dances with the wallflower. And you see the hero in him.
Of course, the Anti-hero buried it because of life experiences that forced to hide it. Those foolish, soft emotions that he fights against still exist in him. He buries them through alcohol, fighting, humor even sucking blood. Think Eric Northman.
As he faces the conflict, external and internal, his redemption is the richest reward. However, he still retains the keen edge. And nothing is hotter than a bad boy with the heart of gold.♥
An Air Force brat, Mageela landed in New York City and wanted to leave the same day she arrived. Yet, with her stubbornness, she learned to like the place and the librabries were the main reason. Learning to read at four-years-old, she decided to be an author and an actress. Once in college, she changed her life plan in the pursuit of money. After all, college loans must be repaid. With life's twists and turns, she returned to writing and focused on the romance genre. She joined RWA in 2004 and soon discovered RWANYC. Mageela Troche is a PRO member and placed 2nd in FTHRW Wallflower Best Love Scene, has published various articles for her local chapter and their blog besides having her own. She is 2012 Vice President for RWANYC chapter and currently research, writing, revising--the cycle of writing.
TOMORROW: Come back and check out Suleikha Snyder's hero!