Person 1: "So, I have this character, who likes another character. They're like meant for each other."
Person 2: "That's cool, but why are they meant for each other?"
Person 1: *pause* "They just are. You know, forbidden love and stuff."
Person 2: "Okay ... Well, what's so special about them?"
Person 1: "I don't know ... They're both hot?"
Person 2: Sounds great ... *yawn*
We've all read these kinds of books. The only reason the main character falls for someone is because he/she is "hot". Smoldering eyes, dark and brooding demeanor. You know the type. So, why do girls in books fall head over heals in love with someone like that? Like after the second they lay eyes on the person.
So doesn't happen in real life.
When two people start to like each other, there has to be a mutual attraction. And a reason. A conversation usually takes place, or the girl watches the guy from the sidelines as he does something nice for someone. Or in some situations he saves her life. I love reading about a couple who get to know each other first before jumping into a relationship "just because". Give me a reason they're together. A reason they need each other and compliment each other.
Now, here is a pet peeve of mine. Lately, I guess. There are a LOT of bad boys in books. What happened to all the nice guys? I don't know about you, but I never went for the huge jerk that disrespected girls when I was a teenager. Sure a few of them were cute, but personality wise? If they weren't nice it was a HUGE turn off to me.
Why do authors tend to write in the bad boy then? The one who is so rude to the main character that she absolutely hates him, but ends up falling for him anyway? Now I'll admit, I'm a sucker for the bad boy if he's done right. Like a good juicy past, or something like that which caused him to be standoffish and quiet. There has to be a reason he is the way he is and why he treats people the way he does. You can't just slap a "bad boy" label on him and make him arrogant just because you feel like it. It has to "work". It has to go with the story and make sense.
That's why I love digging deeper into my own characters. Seeing what makes them tick. I love fleshing them out more and making my readers believe they love each other for more than just their good looks or rockin' bodies. It's more true to life. You know?
So, what kind of guy do you like reading about? Bad boys? Good guys? What about the leading lady? She has a lot to do with this subject too. FYI, I'm not a huge fan of the whiny girls who can't seem to take care of themselves without a man. You know the ones I mean. Oh, and don't even get me started on the girls that switches which guy she is in love with every two seconds. Love triangles are okay, when done right, but just throw in there just because? Not a fan.