Lately I've been ruminating on what constitutes a heart-stopping hero. The type of hero that makes it hard for you to put a book down. Being a southern girl, my first hero was Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind. I didn't think he was all that handsome (he looked kind of slick to me) but I sure liked his no-nonsense approach with Scarlett. In my college years I fell for Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre. He was kind of dark and broody with a passionate streak that made that old book sizzle. And then last year I was smitten with Daniel in Siri Mitchell's Love's Pursuit. This last book is not for the faint hearted and requires lots of Kleenex but Daniel is definitely hero material, at least in my humble opinion.
Sometimes you read a book where the hero is so unappealing you put the book down. I don't think an author's intent is to make a hero wishy-washy, manipulative, or unattractive but it happens. It can happen with heroines, too.
When writing TFD, I ended up with two heroes without planning to do so. Some of you were torn between my two leading men:) As I was. Some sent me mail to that effect. Thank you. I've saved every one!
I think readers and writers are very astute as to what makes a hero sing, so to speak. And I need help coming up with a list of heroic attributes for a little project I'm working on. My mind is profoundly blank on the matter for some reason. Please feel free to be as verbose and gushing as you can be below! Everyone loves a great hero:)
So, what qualities must a hero have? Can you name a hero in a book or movie that was just right? What made him heroic to you?