I watched Pulp Fiction a couple days ago (for the fifth or sixth time). I do love me some Tarantino! But the movie got me thinking about characters, specifically the bad boy character. Bruce Willis plays one bad boy and his girlfriend is crazy about him. Uma Thurman's character, Mia, is not only married to one of the baddest boys in the movie, but she's attracted to John Travolta, whom she knows is a hit man. This attraction to trouble is a strong theme in many romance novels.
In The Kitten Club, my first release, young waitress/college student, Brooke, is drawn to Josh, a drug-addicted charmer who always promises more than he can deliver. Yet she can't seem to find the strength to stay away. Of all my novels and novellas, The Kitten Club is still the one I get the most mail about. So many women relate to Brooke's plight.
And this trend reaches far beyond romance novels. I've had many friends over the years who fall for the wrong guy -- the bad news guy. He's the one they can't get off their mind. He's the one they refuse to walk away from. Are these women trapped in some twisted fantasy about being THE ONE who changes him? Or is it something else?
What about you? Do you like those bad boys in real life? How about in books?