Today we're pleased to welcome author Charlotte Stein to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Charlotte has several new releases, including Control (just released in paperback), and Almost Real, with Telling Tales seeing its paperback release next month. Many of Charlotte's heroes are both hot and beta, and she's here to talk about writing and loving the beta hero.
The thing I love most about writing and reading about beta heroes is the knowledge that if I met them in real life, I would more than likely like them. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love an alpha-type hero too. Sometimes you just want Wolverine smashing up your lady business with his insane facial hair and genuinely scary muscles. But if I met Wolverine in real life, would I want to date him?
Okay, the answer is still probably yes. But the thing is, I think it’s Wolverine’s beta qualities that would actually seal the deal. You know when he’s all nice to Rogue? And all sad that he doesn’t fit in with the other X-Men? And then that time when he’s confused and naked because they did experiments on him?
I like that Wolverine. I can fully imagine myself finding him in the woods completely naked, then taking him in and soothing his troubled soul while a saxophone bleats sadly in the background. And it’s pretty much the same for most heroes I love. Even if they’re alpha, I find the real me more drawn to the things in them that could be seen as beta.