Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Love Interest

In order for the love interest in a novel to be effective, you as the writer must be able to make the audience fall in love as well. If the reader cannot understand why the MC is doing crazy things in order to be with the guy/girl/paranormal creature, then the story will suffer.

But what makes an effective love interest? There are many traits that are often paired off that seem to be accepted as attractive, and they are as follows: (note: this note is limited to the writer's reading, and does not include all hunky traits imaginable)

Guys:

Shy, awkward, and lovable. Often compared to a teddy bear. This can be accompanied by glasses, although some readers think this can be cliche. To add mystery, has inner strength from a hard past.
*swoon*

Tall, buff, often with very piercing eyes, and charismatic. Often compared to Hulk (just kidding). Can also be accompanied by glasses to indicate vulnerability. Can be the popular guy, but many times does not wish to be that person.

Wiry, either tall or short, often with grey eyes, and stand-offish. This means he already has an aura of mystery that accompanies him, making the reader want to know more. Generally is stronger than appears. Painful past that is pushed away and must be accepted for him to truly become the person he can be. A strange scar makes it even better

Girls:

Shy, awkward, and lovable. Often compared to a teddy bear. This can be accompanied by glasses, although some readers think this can be cliche. To add mystery, has inner strength from a hard past. (look familiar?)

Charismatic, popular, and traditionally pretty. Often has many friends but only a few close ones. Generally needs to change something from within in order to be accepted as a viable love interest.

Plain, but noticeable. Has image issues that trace back to a bad childhood/school experience/love experience. Generally intelligent and trying to ignore the advances of the male.

I certainly have more experience dissecting male love interests, but there you have it. If you know of any other Love Interest Types, feel free to add them in the comments section!

1 comment:

  1. Nice breakdown! There's also the reluctant bad boy/girl who will come through as a true hero in the end.

    Also, thanks for the pic of Hugh. ;)

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