Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Guest Blogger MJ Fredrick - Bad Boys

M. J. Frederick knows about chasing dreams. Twelve years after she completed her first novel, she signed her first writing contract. Now she divides her days between teaching 4th grade students how to write and diving into her own writing, traveling everywhere in her mind, from Belize to Honduras to Africa to the past.

I love me some bad boys.

Dean Winchester from Supernatural

Tony Stark from Iron Man

Captain Jack from Pirates

Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights

Doug Ross from ER

Sawyer from LOST

Alex Karev from Grey’s Anatomy

But the question today is WHY? What is it in ME that draws me to bad boys? Is it a nurturing thing, a need to take care of these damaged guys?

Is it a need to change the bad boy into a good man?

Is it a need for corruption? I'm essentially a Good Girl - do I need a balance of wildness?

Is it envy for the freedom Bad Boys have, the disregard for social mores?

Is it the need to know WHY they became that way? That’s what I wanted to know when I wrote my January 5 release, Breaking Daylight. My hero is a Bad Boy. In fact, he’s a bit of an ass. He has good reason, but my heroine Bella doesn’t give him an excuse. She calls him on his behavior, as though she can see the hero underneath. And eventually her patience pays off, and he becomes the man she deserves. So she doesn’t nurture him, and since she’s a rebel herself, doesn’t need the wildness. She does need his fearlessness, though, and when he sees she has some of that herself, he falls for her.

What is it in women that draws them to bad boys?


Kelly Jamieson said...

Oh I love a bad boy, too, especially when he has some deep down reason for being like that. I like your comment about "the hero underneath" - that's the interesting part!

I so want to read this story MJ, congrats on the new release!

(And I'm a Sawyer fan too!)

Maria said...

Congrats on the new release. I think it's the nurturing instinct in women that draws us to the bad boy, we're not content that they stay bad boys forever but we're drawn to something that we can change for the better. One of the bad boys I've always been attracted to who seems to have really gotten his life together is Robert Downey,Jr. I think he is an example of what can change and come about.

Theresa Ragan said...

Congratulations, MJ! Your story sounds wonderful. I LOVE bad boys, too. I agree with Maria when it comes to Robert Downey, Jr. Bad boys usually seem to be SO confident and they have that certain swagger. Love 'em!

Andrea I said...

Congratulations on your new release! I look forward to reading it. I admire you for teaching 4th graders.

MJFredrick said...

Thanks, ladies!! I do love RDJ, too. I hope he can keep it together!

Norah Wilson said...

MJ said: "I love me some bad boys."

Well said, MJ. I'm definitely a fan of the bad boy. And when I read them, they tend to linger in my mind longer than a classic good guy. Pamela Clare writes some wicked bad boys (I'm torn between Julian & Marc). Can't wait to read your Alex bad boy. :-)

MJFredrick said...

Thanks, Norah! I've not read Pamela Clare--must check her out!

Meg Benjamin said...

Well, the easy answer to why we all love bad boys is that the bad boys get the good lines. I think the harder answer is that they're not really bad, or at least not as bad as they could be. By the time we meet them, they're on the way to being good, at least on some level. To me, the really interesting bad boys are the ones who start out as villains in earlier books, like the Duke of Villiers in Eloisa James's last series. It takes him four books, but he finally makes it to hero!

PG Forte said...

I think it's the lure of a good project. Is it really the wildness we love or is it the possibility of having that wildness under our control?

I think we just find the thought of having all that raw power at our beck and call incredibly sexy.

MJFredrick said...

Meg, so true! Love Dean's lines in Supernatural, and Tony Stark's snarky, "You complete me," as he jumps out of whatever it is in the Iron Man 2 preview.

I've not read Eloisa, but I did write a villain who actually became the hero of the book--he was much more interesting than the hero. Haven't quite gotten that book where I want it, though.

PG, I LOVE that...the possibility of having the wildness under our control. I think that really nails it for me.

flchen1 said...

Hi, MJ! Congrats on Breaking Daylight! I do think that part of the bad boy appeal is that one can dream about being the one to tame him a bit; conversely, a bad boy invites you to cut loose and rebel a bit yourself :)

MJFredrick said...

Funny, I was just thinking the same thing. My hero in my WIP is a good boy who needs to cut loose. He doesn't have a bad girl heroine, but one who does challenge him to cut loose, though. That's a lot of fun, too.

Erin Nicholas said...

Hi, MJ! Oh, those bad boys are such fun trouble aren't they? I'm with PG-- I think it's the idea of being the one thing/person to get them to be "good" or at least harness their rebellion *G* This is on my TBR pile!

zina lynch said...

Yes, Who can resist a bad boy. I think it is the need to tame them and make them our own.

stacey said...

I guess it a filling that thay need love and maybe whit you thay will leave the bad boy ways.and there Hot!!

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