I was reading a very popular book recently and it got me thinking about bad boys. When they’re done right, when they’re overdone, and when they’re just plain douchebags.
I found myself becoming increasingly impatient with that book and I think the biggest reason was the bad boy. He was a complete jerk. I was kind of disgusted by him. Why would any girl like a guy that insults her? What does that say about that girl? Sure the jerky bad boy probably had ulterior motives, of course he did! But I was too annoyed to even care what those were by the time they were brought up.
All these thoughts made me wonder, am I just too old for bad boys? I’m 25. Not exactly the target audience for YA books. I’m old and boring and I like to read about sweet, caring, and funny boys. (Cute doesn’t hurt) So maybe I just outgrew these leather wearing, attitude wielding boys. I almost left it at that and just wrote the bad boys off. But..
Then I started thinking about the bad boys that are done right. The ones that make me swoon. What those boys have in common is a bad attitude but not when it comes to the girl. I realized that’s my problem. I need the boy to be all soft inside. Especially when it comes to the girl. I just can’t deal with the the girl falling for the guy that was just a complete douche to her. Even if it was by some sort of otherworldly force.
Want to know who some of my favorite bad boys are?
Update: NOAH SHAW! (I was remiss in not adding him before. I think my blind adoration makes me forget about his bad boy antics, but OMG he is my favorite!)
Adrian (Vampire Academy)
Alex (Perfect Chemistry)
Marcus Flutie (Jessica Darling)
Noah Hutchins (Pushing the Limits)
Cassel (Curse Workers)
Kaleb Ballard (Hourglass)
Travis (Something Like Normal)
We mustn’t forget those yummy TV bad boys:
OMG isn’t Jess the most perfect bad boy ever? Sure, he did have a bit of an attitude with Rory in that first episode, but sigh….He’s every bookish girl’s dream. He reads…lots. Smart books, too. And then he wrote one! I’ve said it a million times but, Rory should have ended up with him.
Oh, Tim Riggins….Maybe the best bad boy ever.
Who are your favorite bad boys? Least favorite?