Books We Love is a regular feature here at Book Chick City. It’s where we discuss our favourite books; the books we absolutely adore, would recommend over and over again, and will keep forever on our bookshelves. I hope you enjoy and find some new-to-you authors and books to read. You can view the full schedule HERE
I love Gone With The Wind, despite the fact that Rhett Butler is a complete tool. Yes, he’s a tool. He strands Scarlett in the middle of a war zone because he has a sudden attack of conscience, and yet, I still love the story. Maybe it’s because Scarlett is a tool too, and they deserve each other.
When Carolyn invited me to write a post for her favorite books feature, GWTW was the first book that popped into my mind, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it features two of the most unlikable leads I’ve ever encountered. That got me thinking about other great stories with hard-to-like heroes, so I hope Carolyn doesn’t mind if I highlight three series that appeal to me because the hero is distinctly UNappealing at times.
Eric is a powerful, lazy-ass vampire who owns a strip club on the seedy side of Void City. He turns his stripper girlfriend Tabitha into a vamp after she nagged him for years, just because it was easier than arguing. When Eric kills a werewolf, their entire pack swears revenge, and Eric is more annoyed than anything when his beloved vintage Mustang is totaled as collateral damage. Meanwhile, Tabitha’s sister, Rachel, is tempting Eric with her cinnamon-scented flesh, and Eric can’t bring himself to dump Tabitha, or cool things down with Rachel. Yeah, he’s a jerk, but what’s new?
He kills people, he cheats on his girlfriend, and he’s a lousy father. He doesn’t sound like hero material, does he? All I can say is that it’s a kick in the pants to follow this crazy bastard around, and I end up liking Eric despite myself.
After I read the first novel, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, I did not like him at all. I mean, what guy takes a woman back to his place, only to find that he has another woman there who is supposed to be dessert? Well, it sort of makes sense with the whole vampire thing, but moments like that make Ian hard to love. I will say that things change over the course of the series, and by the end I love Ian, but there’s no denying that he’s a tool half of the time.
So here are three series that I absolutely adore, but I’m the first to admit that the hero is not always easy to like. Why do I root for the jerks sometimes? Because guys in white hats can be boring, and if I want to walk on the wild side, then I’ve got to be prepared for some unpredictable behavior from these heroes. Even if they are complete tools sometimes.