Today we're happy to welcome author Beth Ciotta to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Beth's Cupcake Lovers series has two upcoming releases—Anything But Love and the holiday novella Some Kind of Wonderful—both featuring heroes who are imperfect in some way. She's here to talk about some of her favorite imperfect movie heroes, and asks for your favorites as well. Thanks for joining us, Beth!
“Family or love or romance, whatever it is, is not restricted to perfect people. If it were, it wouldn't exist.” —Sara Zarr, award-winning author
Perfection. I don’t know about you, but I’m sometimes troubled by the constant message I receive via the media that equates desirability with perfection. How many images of actors and models are manipulated via photo shop? How many of those actors and models have altered their looks via injections and surgery? How many everyday men and women drink the Kool-aid, believing they are unworthy of appreciation and love if they are not physically, and yes, emotionally and intellectually, perfect? Hey, I’ll admit to being influenced, although I try not to succumb. It ain’t easy, folks. We all want to be the best we can be. But sometimes fate and circumstances work against us. Is less than perfect, less than attractive? I don’t think so. I’m thrilled to say I’m not alone in my thinking. Let’s turn to the arts for proof.
I write romantic fiction and I confess I am enchanted by all things romantic. I’m a huge fan of rom-coms or dramatic films that feature a romantic subplot and I’m ever so pleased that there are screenplays that focus on the physically or emotionally imperfect hero or heroine. Here are three examples of films that branded my heart with their tenderness, charm, and emotional complexities.