Monday, February 16, 2009

Hunky Alpha Heroes

Monday's Media Bits
By Tammy Schubert

Men, men, men. Love them. I am especially drawn to alpha males who are heroes in service professions like the military, law enforcement, fire fighter, etc. I can't resist sharing what I found doing a google search:

Did you know that there are several different alpha types? The two I think of the most are the warrior and commander from the Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes. Of course, the professor could be an alpha, too. Then I found another resource. If you work with an alpha male or create these types of characters, there is a business book that provides more insight. The book is called Alpha Male Syndrome by Kate Ludeman and Eddie Erlandson. It is a great companion book to the one I mentioned earlier. The authors break alpha males into the following categories: commander, visionary, strategist, and executor. The book describes alpha male teams as well as the care and feeding of alpha males. I have gained terrific insight to the inner workings of alphas, their strengths, weaknesses, risks to organizations, which all can be used for your characters.

Some of the greatest alpha male characters are written by Suzanne Brockman. I love her Troubleshooter series. I can't figure out which man is my favorite. They are all very dreamy. Check out her books:

What kind of hunky heroes are you drawn to?
What are your thoughts on alpha males? What about betas?
Who else writes great alpha males?

By the way, don't forget to vote for a hunky male. See the poll to the right. You might have to scroll down a bit.


Nicki Salcedo said...

I love the Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes, because I never realized their were so many different types of alpha heroes.

I like bad boys (like Sawyer on LOST) and warriors. The romance novels I grew up reading had heroes that were all alpha all the time, but I like that contemporary authors write alpha heroes with beta moments. It don't think it is nearly as cut an dry as it used to be. Lisa Kleypas writes some nice alpha heroes.

As for the poll. I'm a Matthew McConaughey all the way. Thanks, Tammy!

Devon Gray said...

I love the military alphas as well...especially SEALS (what's the fascination with them, anyway?!LOL). I voted for Patrick Dempsey, though. I don't know...he doesn't seem too alpha to me. I guess I love them all ;-)

Cinthia Hamer said...

Yeah, I'm a fan of the Alpha guy. Who isn't?

Sandra Hill has taken it to whole new level though, with her Viking time-travel series. These bad boys travel back and forth through time and either the SEALS become Vikings or the Vikings become SEALS. Can it get any better than that???

My favorite type of Alpha is a bad boy with a sense of honor. He's not above seducing the heroine, but he's going to do right by her--whether she wants him to or not.

Debbie Kaufman said...

I love to read Alphas, but I'm not sure I'd want to live with one of the more Alpha types! Some of my favorite alphas are Lisa Hendrix's in her Immortal Warrior series. Thanks for the resources!

Linsey Lanier said...

Ooooh, Tammy. What a great photo link! I'm drooling. That one's going in my "Keepers" folder.

This is some good information for inspiration and brainstorming. I use "Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes" all the time, but I hadn't heard of "Alpha Male Syndrome." I'll have to get a copy. These categories should work for alpha-heroines, too.

My favorite alpha-hero? Roarke.

And how come Johnny Depp only came in third in the poll? He had my vote. Will Smith would be my second choice.

And you're right, Debbie. I'd never want to live with an alpha-male. They only work in fiction. :)


Cyrano said...

Hmmmm, now this is my kind of post. I love an alpha with dark hair, light eyes, bronzed skin, hard pecs, biceps, abs and a hard....well, you get the idea. (Hey, give me a break, I'm in erotica mode right now)
My favorite alphas are warriors- vampires, 18th century Scotts, and recently a Bureau of Demon Crimes agent named Nikolas Drakos who can make passionate love to my heroine one minute and crack a soldier's neck with the twist of his naked, muscular thighs the next. (I'm so in love with this newest character I'm writing, can't you tell?)
Now, my alphas must always have a sprinkle of beta lurking in their DNA, but the alpha must always outweigh the beta in my humble opinion.
And yes, Nicki, Lisa Kleypas writes great alpha heroes. I want to be just like her when I grow up.
I didn't vote for a hero in the PFHT poll. I really like all of the choices, but none of them really match the look of my characters (except of course for Matthew McConaughey body). But, there's a guy that my husband and I went to college with. Dusty was his roommate for years and his name is Joe Duer. Google him ladies, he's hot and he's definitly alpha in nature. I also like Travis Fimmel. Years ago he played Tarzan on an ill fated show on TV. He had long hair and smoldering blue-green eyes, yumm. Now he's in that Swayze show called The Beast. He's really a terrible actor, but I'm not watching him because I think he might win an emmy. I watch because I enjoy looking at him. To me, he's simply a lovely, untalented peice of meat. Hey, guys can say stuff like that, why not us girls?
And someone else I really like is Terrance Howard. Now, he's a great actor and very hot.
Anyway, that's my two cents for today.
Great post Tammy!
Have a wonderful day.
Happy writing,

Susan May said...

I like the alpha guys also. Since I'm writing Presents I go for the the ones with money, want control and think they run their world. A good sense of humor is nice. But they are especially appealing when they also have a soft spot for their family, children, animals.
I voted for Matthew. Can't beat that tall drink of water with the texas drawl.

Marilyn Baron said...

I love Roarke, too.

But I also love Suzanne Brockmann's alpha male heroes in her Troubleshooter series. This morning I just finished her new "Dark of Night" novel, which was Dave and Sophia's story as well as Decker's and Tracy's story. I love all the characters in that series and the whole team made an appearance in this one.

Dave is the techno geek character who tries to hide his alpha side and Decker is the ultimate alpha male who undergoes a transition and gets in touch with his feelings.

Marilyn Baron

Ana Aragón said...

Great post, Tammy. I definitely need to borrow your books!

I love alpha males in my stories, but you wouldn't catch me marrying one! Vicki Lewis Thompson writes some very lovable betas in her Nerd series, and those are the kind of guys to which I'm personally attracted.

The alpha males I prefer to write in my stories are athletes and I'll take a guy in a baseball uniform every time! And would you look at who's at the top of the list of hunky heroes? Kevin Costner, ladies, and I only voted for him once!

Tami Brothers said...

Love the post, Tammy. I too was going to mention Vicki's books about the Nerds. LOVE them!!! They turn out to be just as sexy as some of the alpha males I read about...

Love the link and I'll definitely be getting that book.

Tami Brothers