Mr. Dark and Broody. Yay or Nay?
You know exactly who I’m speaking of. He’s usually covered by shadows and perfecting his trademark scowl as he glares at our heroine. It’s the reason why I prefer Adrian over Dimitri. Selwyn over Nick. Heck! I even prefer Batman over Superman. And while the love triangle trope is painfully overdone, I will always choose Mr. Dark and Broody. (Sidenote: At first I was going to say “bad boys’ but that’s not who I mean. Men who mistreat our MC can kick rocks). So why do I gravitate towards this type of character? I’ve got a few ideas.
1. The Mystery
Often Mr. Dark and Broody is an enigma. What is he really thinking? What are his motives? What are his next plans? Our MC doesn’t know and neither do I! There’s something about not knowing that makes these type of characters more interesting.
2. It’s the flaws for me
I can’t stand a perfect hero and this applies across the board to all characters. Whether you call them a Mary Sue or a Gary Stu, these types of characters are so perfect and beyond reproach that it makes them unrelatable.
3. They’re more entertaining
Ok. This one isn’t positive. But I get a kick out of characters who aren’t afraid to break the rules to get what they want. I’ll own up to the fact that being entertained by the rule breakers can be problematic.
3. Character Development
This leads directly into my third reason, character development. If our character has no personality traits to be worked on then where is the journey? The growth?
Few characters have made me burst out loud laughing like Mr. Dark and Broody. As one whose own sense of humour leans on the sarcastic side I have an appreciation for the tone that often comes with these types of characters.
What about you?
Are there any book tropes you can’t get enough of?