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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Character Stereotypes: The Playboy

Christian fiction has its fair share of heroes who dabble in playing the ladies. Of course, the nature of Christian fiction doesn’t lend itself to measuring sexual prowess by notches on bedposts, yet some of the more edgy novels flirt with this truth, or at least skirt around it.


Casanovas, Lotharios, Romeos, libertines, rakes, rogues, lady-killers, and ladies’ men find a place in all genres and time periods. Expounding on the available research will help you break away from the stereotype and create a more believable, and even likeable, character.

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6 comments:

Jessica Nelson said...

I LOVE playboy heroes! I'm writing one right now. *grin*

Miss Sharp said...

In romance, it's usually the heroine who tames the male beast.

Or has that become cliche??

Bekah said...

Hmmm... I'm a Christian, and married, and I think that some characters, maybe some of the ladies, need to get some sexual prowess in one form or anoter. They don't need to be crazy or anything, but married people don't have to be so boring LOL

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

miss sharp - in the romances i've read, it's always the heroine who tames the playboy hero. so i'd say, yes. it's cliche.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

bekah - thanks for dropping by. i hear you. you don't think that being a Christian (or being married) means that you give up all rights to a little sexual prowess. i guess the trick is finding the right balance. i believe Julie Lessman does a great job in her historical fictions...she's known for having a bit more *passion* than average...but it's never over the top as far as i'm concerned.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This is a great post! I hopped over from Stina's link round-up, and I'm so glad I did. :-)

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