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Are you a would be author working on the next great American novel? Does your story contain a ravishing love story with a hunky male for all the female readers to swoon over? Well then, you MUST be aware of all the must haves for your fictional male love interest… right? You’re not?
Well thank goodness you’re reading this right now otherwise the hero of your story would have stood out for all the wrong reasons. If you want girls everywhere to fall in love with your fictional male love interest, you absolutely must include these elements.
The Half Smile
There’s something about a guy smiling with only one corner of his mouth that makes her knees buckle and her heart stop. A half smile says ‘you caught me off guard because you’re just so witty’ while a full smile screams ‘I’m trying too hard’. If your character is using his whole mouth to show off his pearly whites us females will have to stifle a yawn.
The Art of Stalking Yet At The Same Time Remaining Distant
This of course should be of no surprise to you but women LOVE it when we catch you always staring at us or at the very least are aware that you seem to be following us. However, if you’re stalking is not balanced by your cool distance than I’m afraid the character will fall flat. We want to be ignored and treasured, is that too much to ask for?
Absolutely Nothing In Between Snarky and Sweet
Got a snarky character? Give us more! We love sarcastic one liners and snarky bits about our appearance, but if you can’t deliver that then we need the complete opposite from you. We need someone who is completely sweet and sincere in every action he takes. You absolutely cannot have a male that lies in between this scale, its just too unrealistic. (Bonus points if you have a love triangle where one male is snarky and the other is sweet).
Brooding And Tortured Soul Type Is SO Not Over Done
We can not resist those tortured souls that are tough on the outside but sensitive on the inside. In fact we can’t get enough of this and if you extend your novel into a series we would we love it if you could give us this type of character over and over changing very few details.
Should Have No Idea How Hot He Is
Isn’t it just the dreamiest when a guy has dozens of girls throwing themselves at him and he can’t bring himself to even notice? It makes the moment when he sees the heroine for the first time and realizes at that same exact moment that she is the one just all the more special.
Must Have One Defining Trait For Personality
If every guy contained all these factors then the fictional world would be full of cookie cutters therefore you must give him one at the very most two defining traits for personality’s sake. Suggestions:
- make him a vampire
- make him a werewolf
- make him a baker
- make him evil
- make him an angel
- make him a fallen angel
- make him an alien
- make him have rare powers
But please note that I said at the most two defining traits! You don’t want to give your guy too much back story as it’s distracting to the love story which is WAY more important than anything else.
His Rage Is Not To Be Tempted
For throughout most of the novel your fictional male love interest should possess a cool calmness that it not easily provoked into something more. However, there should be a moment in the book when he flips his lid and his rage is unleashed (not on your heroine of course but on whoever is harassing her or hurting her). It should be completely scary yet charming. All the better if your guy beats the pulp out of the attacker like it’s as easy as pie.
Remember, these are absolutely necessary if your fictional male love interest stands a chance in today’s fictional world. If even one of these elements are missing then you’re guy will fall flat and become easily forgotten.
How do you feel about the stereotypical male love interests in fiction these days? What are your pet peeves? What do you prefer? Share below and happy reading!