TMI Tuesday – Homewrecking, in the fictional sense.
Congrats, Sara Lindsey! Randomizer chose you – and boy, did you ever work for that prize. So many great suggestions.
Everyone made great suggestions, and it was really hard to choose. But for the meantime (and it’s always subject to change again), I think I’m going to go with Lindsey’s suggestion of “Stubb(s)” (I’m thus far ambivalent about that S at the end) – mostly for the simple reason that it rhymes with his old name. And because Stubb is a name crying out for a peg-leg, and that would be cool. So congratulations, Lindsey! Email me with your favorite dot-com book outlet, and I’ll set you up.
On to TMI…
Okay, so a long, long time ago (so long ago I’m not even up for searching the archives – but yes, I’m basically recycling that post), I blogged about how I wanted to write books where the reader fell in love with not just the hero, but the couple.
My example went something like this. There are some books where I am so in love with the hero, I would like to go through the book, page by page, and cross out the heroine’s name and write “Tessa” instead. If I could borrow the Jasper-Ffordemobile and travel into that fictional world… that man is mine.
By contrast, when I’m in love with the couple, I couldn’t imagine ever doing such a thing. Never ever in a million years would I part Darcy from Lizzy, for example. He just wouldn’t be the hero I adore without her.
So I was thinking…even though I generally prefer the second type of book, that covetable hero has his charms, too. Who would I steal? Fictionally, hypothetically, with all due apologies to Mr. Dare, of course. This is an alternate universe we’re discussing. 🙂
I think the object of my thievery would have to be Jamie Fraser, from the Outlander series. Now, I love Claire. She’s a fabulous heroine. But Jamie doesn’t need her to be the man he is. He just is the man. And whatta man. Plus, everyone loves him! Girls, guys…who wants to be the lone person left out of the Jamie love train? And he manages to find Claire across continents and centuries, so surely he could spare a hot decade in there for me. 🙂 Yep. I would steal Jamie, plaid and all.
How about you? Is there a hero you would unabashedly steal? Any who are absolutely off-limits?
Any stray straight guys who happen to wander by…of course, feel free to steal a heroine.