Monday, November 15, 2010
The most awesome ladies in my critique group, Chapter by Chapter, and I, are having a mini-blogfest today. We’re blogging about the heroes we love, often the stars of our stories, and thanking them for what they give us – either in real life or imagination. We cross the spectrum from our not thanked enough men in uniform and first responders, to the more fantastical members of the paranormal.
For me, its the reluctant hero, the outlaw. The man who strides to his own compass, follows his own path, but never fails to step up to the plate in a time of crisis. He's the man who doesn't want attention, accolades or rewards. He's the unknown Good Samaritan, the quiet defender, the stoic protector. An enigma. And, oh my God, he's hot!
One of my favorite reluctant heroes comes from the old Sergoi Leone spaghetti westerns. I remember spending weekends at my grandparent's house when I was a kid. One of many cherished memories from those times, was staying up late, eating ice cream and watching the old classics with my grandpa - both of us kicked back in our recliners. It never failed, halfway through the movie he'd fall asleep. Somehow, he always knew to wake up just as the credits began to roll, gruffly mumbling, "Good movie". I'd tease him about sleeping through it, which he, of course, always denied.
I loved Blondie, the nameless outlaw cowboy. He was my hero - strong, silent, self-assured, and since I'm running with the "S" words, seriously sexy. And that type of man is still the first that comes to mind when I think "hero".
Who are your heroes? What makes them special to you?
Don’t forget to skip on over and take a peek at the scrum-i-licious heroes from my other CBC gals – and meet some exciting authors while you’re at it:
Melinda B. Pierce