Thursday, January 21, 2010

Heroes -- The Series

The Beta Hero -- The Nerd
Do you want to know who my favorite beta hero is? Ken Karmody, from Suzanne Brockmann's Out of Control. Do you know what Ken "Wildcard" is? He's a SEAL. Maybe it's the contrast that did it. He acted tough, but he was also horribly insecure. And he just isn't quite what you expect the heroine to connect with.

Taken from the Road to Romance webpage:
Beta heroes need to grow, change, learn. Nice doesn't equal perfect. An easygoing guy who's funny and sweet hides his feelings more effectively and feels pain more deeply than an alpha hero (who will, when angry or upset, stomp around, growl, and hit stuff). A beta hero hides his pain behind a smile, a joke, or a quiet reserve. A beta hero is more likely to walk away from a confrontation or do what he believes the heroine wants than to stand his ground and fight it out. This isn't wimp behavior because he's not afraid for himself, he's afraid for the person he cares about.

One of my all time favorite, video-tape-is-warped movies is While you were sleeping. And wouldn't you know? Those ladies at Road to Romance used Bill Pullman as an example for a Beta Hero. Mmmhmm. Lovely.

These gals really know what they're talking about!
The question is, do women want an Alpha or a Beta???
Don't forget that Bethanne is working on a post to kick off next week with another blog on all the heroes we love.


Vanessa said...

You're right. The Alphas are fun to look at and fantasize about, but I think the Betas are what most people want.

I'll take Bill Pullman anyday!

Nice post!

R.M.GIlbert said...

I married an in between-er... :)
He was more rebellious when we dated and first married. But he's settling into the beta roll. Once in a while his Alpha side makes an appearance.

I agree most want a Beta, but most fantasize about an Alpha. ;)

Keira of LoveRomancePassion said...

Oh my gosh, I love While You Were Sleeping. Gimme Bill Pullman! Yum.

Betas are nice men. Alphas are good guys, but not always nice. The Alpha will push you down to keep you safe, the Beta will pick you up after the coast is clear.