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Characters in Love: Bad Boy - Good Guy Debate

Friday, February 24, 2012
Today, Emma from The Book Barbies is here with the Bad Boy - Good Guy debate!




We've all read that book, where the lost MC has two beautiful and handsome boys fighting over her.

They're both heroes. They're both sexy, and totally edible.

Yes, they're the Bad Boy and the Good Guy.

I'll tell you right now that I'm a total sucker for the bad boys. I cannot explain how much I love the whole mysterious and troubled image. It's hot. It's the fact that they seem so far gone and so lost into their dark world that makes me want to scoop them up and surround them with love! I'm the type of girl who will always look for the better half of people. Undoubtedly, it's stupid, and I've gotten hurt over the years, but no matter how many times I tell myself to give up, I will never stop believing.

Have I saved my own 'bad boy'? Have I cured him from his misery?

No. And believe me I've tried (more than enough times). When I come to the aggravating conclusion that they just refuse to budge, that's when I wish my own Prince Charming would save me from this perpetual frustration and feeling of helplessness.

So, hello Good Guy! Where are you and do you even exist? Because I'd really love some help trying to understand these selfish and immature boys who just. won't. listen to me!

And this is how he feels.
There is only one 'good guy' in my life, and that is my best friend. He's my texting and city-roaming buddy and has the most awful case of unrequited love! And that is why it absolutely sucks to be the good guy. He's the friend, he's the funny guy, he's the guy everyone knows and respects, but he's never that guy. He's the guy you feel sorry for in novels because he's never the one to get the girl. He's the one that ends up alone and still apparently happy.

Isn't it just depressing how good guys hardly ever win? Because they're what we're supposed to want. Gentlemen, chivalrous, and handsome. Why aren't we girls satisfied with that? Why must we delve into the darker world to feel alive?

I know I'm just being general here. There are girls who'd do anything for a sweet and sensitive guy that actually cares about their girl. Someone who's actually decent and isn't a lawbreaker or some twisted supernatural creature.

Although I undoubtedly fall head over heels for the bad boys in books and movies, I know now to avoid them at all costs in real life. They are not good news. If you plan on fixing up one yourself, I bid you the best of luck, because unless you've got some great party trick up your sleeve, they are not going to change!

I've accepted that I'm never going to meet that 'good guy', all 'bad boys' are going to remain stubborn jerks and my love life will go no further than the books I read.

So while you girls are wishing for those bad boys to turn good (partially at least) and the good guys to obsess over the right girls, you'll meet a bunch of those other boys who'll test our strengths and threaten to push you to the very edge. But ladies, never give up hope.

One day, you'll get your chance, you'll find your guy - good or bad, and you'll have a story to tell of your own. I do look forward to it (;

Thus, my conclusion to this debate:
In the books:
Bad boys all the way!
In real life:
Seriously, I'm better off without boy problems.
And books to read if you're into the bad boy action? ;)

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (Will is to die for!)
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (Oh, Luke, why are you so hard to love?) 
Split by Swati Avasthi (Okay, Jace isn't 'bad', but he breaks my heart♥)
Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick (Fallen angel..? nuff said) 

Thanks to the lovely girls at Imaginary Reads for hosting such an awesome event!
3 comments on "Characters in Love: Bad Boy - Good Guy Debate"
  1. I totally agree with you! Bad boys are intriguing, but I'm the type of gal who's always rooting for the good guy!

    That's what I felt throughout Catching Jordan (loved Sam Henry) and in Two-Way Street.

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  2. Try the Beautiful Creatures series for a good boy who wins the girl!

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  3. And did you like the Hush, Hush series? Or is the bad boy the kind of bad boy who never treats the girl well?

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