Why: sexy in deed not just looks.
Boys, turn away now…. Are they gone? Okay. Let’s talk alpha male. Staple of most romances. Who doesn’t love the sexy, strong, (bordering on?) domineering type who’ll fulfill your ever fantasy, keep you safe and adore you with a burning intensity. In real life, we call them stalkers. In fiction, we love ’em.
But here’s the thing, these alphas are a dime a dozen. So why are so many of them imminently forgettable and some of them continue to top the most favored charts, time and time again? It goes beyond looks. Or a bunch of character qualities that are alpha generic. And that’s where Jericho comes in, arguably the sexiest, bad boy of them all.
While it’s up for grabs for a lot of the series as to his status of antagonist or hero, the thing that is never in doubt is his passion. He turns that same intensity of focus on everything from his search for the book to a woman. This is a man with a mission and no time for BS. When creating characters, there are certain attributes that if you create well, will have fans love your characters. No matter how slimy the character might be. (I don’t mean this about Barrens.) What I do mean, is that you could have a character be a total asshole but when push comes to shove is deathly loyal to his fellow characters. Fans will still like him. Other qualities include being funny, being intelligent and yes, passion for something. Making a character passionate about something actually helps in making them likeable.
Look at Dexter. He’s passionate about killing – which he has tranposed into being passionate for vigilante justice. We all understand wanting justice, right? He has a characteristic which is amoral but which has been transposed onto a moral code we can understand. When a character is an outsider, they need a very clear moral code. Like Dexter. Only kill serial killers.
Barrens has that same specificity of code. It’s about the book. Full stop. Cross him and you’re dead. Stand with him, and he’ll have your back, totally and absolutely. His moral code is may not be the same as Mac’s or even the rest of society’s but Barrens is very clear about where he stands. He disdains words in favour of action. And is consistent, every time.
The other thing that makes Barrens so appealing, is that he feels like a fully fleshed out man. He’s enigmatic, infuriating, vulnerable, intelligent and has a surprising sense of humour. He never feels cookie-cutter, and thankfully, he is never just brooding and pretty.
Bow down before Karen Marie Moning for this character and most especially book 4. Taking a cold sip of water now…
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