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Friday, October 22, 2010

PHANTASM FRIDAY

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Paranormal Bad Boys…

Do you love them? Hate them? Or have a love/hate relationship for them? I'm not talking about the "good" bad boys that are the heroes in romance books or movies. I'm talking about the real bad boys of those books or movies. I'm referring to the antagonist that brings the hero and heroine so much angst. The ones you love to hate, but are so sensual, sexy and irresistible, you find yourself cheering for them when you know they're evil! Some memorable evil bad boys for me are:

David in The Lost Boys, who was played by Keifer Sutherland, was a particularly bad boy vampire. I loved him! I wasn't into the "bad boy" hero, Michael, because he was really a "good boy" wanting to be a "bad boy". He lacked conviction and any heartfelt desire to want to be a bad boy. And he was only rebelling because he was upset his mother had relocated them from their friends. I've loved Keifer Sutherland ever since this part. David was sexy, evil, manipulative and, but oh, so easy on the eyes. And I was heartbroken when he was killed…*whimpers* Further complicating my devastation was that his death was unnecessary because he wasn't the master vampire!


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Other "bad boys" I loved are Gary Oldman as Count Dracula in the 1992 version of Dracula. Step aside Jonathan Harker and hello, Dracula! Yum! I wanted Count Dracula to win in this movie too!

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Another that must receive a mention is Lestat in Queen of the Damned. I read Anne Rice's vampire series and fell in love with Lestat. Lestat was moody, angsty, misunderstood, selfish and immature and I loved all of these flaws. Stuart Townsend did an admirable job—in my opinion anyway—of the character Anne Rice painted on the page.

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I can't forget Damon from The Vampire Diaries either. I wouldn't even be watching that show without Damon. He's fun and quirky, brings a level of spice and entertainment to the show. He likes being a vampire and isn't angsty and whining about being one. Seriously, why do the chicks adore a whiny vampire? Who would want to listen to that for an eternity? Ugh! I love a vampire that embraces his/her inner darkness and enjoys being what they've become. So, quit whining already!!!!!!

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My final love would be Nikolas, my heroine's ex-husband in Pandora's Box. Pandora's Box is the first book in my The Road to Hell Series that was just contracted with Decadent Publishing. Nikolas is a really evil bad boy and he makes no apologies for his demonic character. In fact, he has reasons for his attitude and he feels they're valid reasons. Nikolas makes demons look like puppy dog kisses and long walks on the beach. And I am so in love with him I don't want to get rid of him. Any girl would be crazy to love Nikolas once he shows his true colors, but he could charm the pants off anyone when he's not showing his inner demon.

So, that leaves me wondering why do I love Nikolas so much and why do I love bad boys in general? Is it because they bring an element of fun to the book or big screen? They keep things spicy? Maybe I love the bad boys because they make our heroes and heroines show their own "inner demon" in order to overcome whatever the bad boy is throwing at them. With Nikolas I can let boundaries drop when I'm writing and he can do anything and get away with it because he's the bad boy. That doesn't mean he gets the girl in the end…or maybe he will. That book is yet to be written…

So, who are some of the "bad boys" you loved, or loved to hate?


A special thanks to Rie McGaha for giving me the idea for this blog today!

4 Moonbeams (comments):

Rie McGaha said...

You're very welcome...that made me laugh! And don't forget Frank Langella in the 1979 version of Dracula. I wanted him to bite me! Some other ones I love are the ones who start off as the good guy but then something happens (usually his family is killed) that makes him turn into a bad boy.

Mark Wahlberg as Max Payne in Max Payne

Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton in Law Abiding Citizen

Mel Gibson as Porter in Payback

And this next one doesn't really fall into that category but Denzel Washington is awesome in everything he does. I just loved him as Eli in The Book Of Eli.

Incidentally, Gary Oldman was also in The Book Of Eli and there was no way his character, Carnegie was likable much less lovable!

Great post Gracen!

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Gracen Miller said...

Great choices, Rie! I like them all. And Denzel Washington is just an awesome man...love him as well! He's a good looking guy too! But you're right about Gary Oldman's character in the Book of Eli. I wanted him to get his payback triple time! lol

Nichelle Gregory said...

Hey guys! I love bad boys too! There's something sexy (within the pages of a book) about a man who won't conform to conventional rules because he just doesn't give a damn!

Great bad boy choices! I love Mark Wahlberg...umm mmm mmmm! lol What about Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire??!! And Dominic Purcell as Drake in Blade Trinty?

Great post, Gracen, you guys have sparked an idea for one I need to get working on! ;)

Gracen Miller said...

Hey, Nichelle. Who doesn't love "Marky-Mark"?!? LOL That man was fine in a pair of Calvin Klein briefs and he's aged well too.

I'd forgotten about Blade! I loved the series that ran on Spike TV for a short time, and the evil badass vampire, Marcus Van Sciver, was a freaking sexy hottie! LOL And the Blade movies are all classics...love them! I'm not a Tom Cruise fan though and after reading the Anne Rice novels, I was, sad to say, disappointed that Tom Cruise was ever cast as Lestat. :-(

I'm glad I sparked an idea! Best of success and let me know if you need me for anything!

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