Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading more than I usually do. I mean, I’ve always been a big reader and I always have a stack of new books waiting to be read – paper and digital. 🙂 My energy levels have been too low lately to do much more than read someone else’s work instead of working on my own. So I feel like talking about what I read for a change.
I’m currently reading “White Night,” the ninth in a fantasy/mystery series by Jim Butcher, called “The Dresden Files.” I’d recommend reading them in order, starting with “Storm Front.” I started this series a few months ago and I’ve been hooked. Lucky for me, there are already thirteen books published in the series so I have a little ways to go before waiting for a new publication like the rest of the fans.
Anyway, they’re a great series all about a wizard named Harry Dresden, who lives and works in Chicago as a private investigator. Fantasy isn’t my usual genre, neither is mystery but I love this series. Dresden is a fantastic lead and the entire universe that Butcher has created is intricate without being too bogged down with useless details. Throughout the series, Dresden has grown as an individual and occurrences in each story affect him in future ones. Maybe I wouldn’t have noticed a lot of the subtle changes to his character if I’d read them a year apart as they’d originally been published, but still, it’s a wonderful, fun, absolutely entertaining series.
And that Harry Dresden…rowrrrrr. He is one sexy wizard.
In the beginning, he was cute, sweet and endearing. He has a whole chivalrous hero complex that is totally appealing. Then things start to happen to him, bad things. Part of him becomes less endearing and more intense and…questionable. And yet, he maintains his charm.
It makes me wonder why we read some characters and find them so wholly appealing. I mean, I know what it’s like for me to fall in love with characters I read. Even occasionally the ones I write. 😉 Most humans are visual creatures though. We see someone and find them beautiful and attractive, like a movie star or model or whatever. I find it interesting that we can read a series of words and feel that same attraction.
My most recent book crush is Dresden, as I’ve displayed above, and I’m wondering how many others I have. Let me think…there’s the always popular Mr. Darcy. Who doesn’t love that guy? Of my top ten favourite authors, I suppose I’ve found literary lust with a few of those creations. My favourite author, Guy Gavriel Kay, is good at creating brooding, sexy heroes. And of course, romance male leads are especially appealing because we get their point of view a lot of times. J.R. Ward is particularly good with tortured male leads. Well, with writing them in a way that makes you sympathetic even though they’re supernatural killing machines. Grrr…
I’ve mentioned hers before, but I adore some of Eve McFadden’s leading men. They’re endearing and brutal and strong just like so many of my other favourites. I don’t mean to make it sound as though I only love the alpha males types. I’m also a fan of the underdog, or not just the underdog, but the unexpected choice, if that makes any sense. Eve probably knows what I’m talking about. We have this conversation often. 😉
Tell me something, my friends: which are your favourites? What is it about your favourite characters that makes them so appealing to you? Some similarity with someone you know? The fact that they’re the exact opposite of your significant other? Do any of my characters rate near the top of your lists? 😉 Hey, I had to ask.
For now, I’m going to go back to reading the sexy Harry Dresden.
Take care and happy reading!