This week: Alpha vs. Beta HeroesEdited by: StephB
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“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Theresa
“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo
Well, Valentine’s Day is long gone. The chocolate is all gone or almost all gone. It’s time to turn our attention to the next best thing – romance heroes. Today I’ll take a look at Alpha and Beta heroes. You decide who’d you prefer.
March is full of fun stuff. (But Steph, we’re not out of February yet!) I know, I’m looking ahead. It’s National Women’s History Month, Red Cross Month, and Frozen Food month. I’m a strong believer in helping out. The Red Cross does more than collect blood. It’s instrumental when a disaster hits. And for the FIRST time in 25 years, I’ve been told I can give blood again. Looking forward to it.
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Question for you: Do you have an ebook reader? Do you like reading ebooks?
Now, let’s go hunting for alphas and betas….
One of the elements that make a romance work is the hero. There are several types of heroes to include the alpha, the beta, and the gamma. (the Gamma Hero is a combo of the Alpha and Beta and that’s a topic for another newsletter). Today, I wanted to look at traits of both the Alpha and Beta heroes and what makes them successful.
THE ALPHA HERO
The Alpha hero has been around longer in romance novels. He’s a leader and protector – a take charge kinda guy. This is the guy who desires to “fix it” when something is wrong. He’s not shy when it comes to sharing his thoughts, which might put him in a bad light, but he’s not a bully. He’s confident but not cocky.
It takes a special kind of heroine for this guy, as he’s not one to take about his feelings, but he does have feelings that are deep and powerful. This guy prefers to not only initiate the chase but control it as well. He believes in taking responsibility for his actions and he would never consider hurting the heroine, though the reader might believe he would.
THE BETA GUY
This guy is usually the “big softie.” Where the Alpha male is a driving force of nature, the beta male is not. If the Alpha is the “President,” the Beta is the “Vice President.” He is quite comfortable to support his heroine as she takes the lead. This guy is confident and contented. He’s mild mannered and a tad playful. He also has powerful feelings but he allows himself to show the heroine a vulnerability the Alpha would not. The trick with the beta male is not to make him emasculated.
Darker, gothic, supernatural romances tend to have Alpha males. More contemporary stories explore the Beta male.
For Readers: send your recommendations for romance novels with a favorite alpha or beta hero and I’ll post a link to Amazon.
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