Who among us has never uttered that word? With or without your choice of expletives?
My darling husband is nobody's saint but he's a good guy and I still walk around scowling and muttering MEN!
I swear they're enough to drive a woman to distraction.
You'd think the heroes we write would be easier to handle, yes? After all, we develop their character, create their world, their situation and we give them the heroine of their dreams (not to mention a lot of very satisfying sex!) Still, they set their jaw, plant their size 10-11 boots and cross their arms over their chests and refuse to do what we want them to do.
Just like in real life.
I'm surprised they don't stick their tongues out and go Nyah-nyah-nyah to show their utter disregard for our authorly wisdom.
I suppose half the problem is that we, as authors, don't realize these are complete human beings we've created. Human beings with their own sets of likes, dislikes. Their own foibles. Their own weaknesses.
A lot of time I think some of that weakness is a result of their pride. Men, whether fictional or real, are proud creatures, don't you know, and able to go into a snit at the least provocation. But if we writers created a male character who didn't have pride in himself or his abilities, I doubt our readers would care for them. In fact, a man without pride is probably a wimp and certainly not a heroic character.
I had a devil of a time with Devyn from my upcoming Altered Destiny. A proud man, yes, and with reason for his pride. But his role in the story required him to act the fop, more interested in his clothes than anything else. It was only in his own POV that I was able to let him show his reasons for acting so useless but he chafed because his heroine didn't know.
Even in Heartstone, Eric, one of the most heroic characters I've met, thought his past hid shameful acts and his pride wouldn't let him get past that. I had to threaten both Eric and Devyn with a big, BIG stick before they saw reason. In fact, I had to threaten with outting them to their heroines who they thought wouldn't be able to accept their so-called 'shameful' acts.
Men, fictional or otherwise, are so strange.
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