Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Hot Hunk with an Identity Crisis

Kate Diamond tagged me on the Royal Reviews' Hunky Hero Challenge. So in order to help this poor shirtless stud find his own rapacious heroine, I'll be blogging about:
  • my favorite hero from a novel (and why he's so great)
  • a short excerpt/quote involving that hero
  • who I would want to play the hero in a movie version of the book.

So, to be quite honest, I don't have one favorite hero and if I had to pick just one, he probably wouldn't come out of a romance novel. Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love or Howard Roark from The Fountainhead maybe. Oberon, perhaps, from my favorite Shakespearean comedy? Or possibly Mr. Darcy, who has already been admirably immortalized by Colin Firth.

I'm not sure any of these men qualify for "hunk" status. And my access to my bookshelves is limited at the moment, so I'm gonna go with the a book I just finished which I think would make a fantastic movie. (Hint, hint, Hollywood!)

Hale, from Aphrodite's Passion by Julie Kenner, is a Greek God - or at least, he's descended from one. Aphrodite is his great-great-many-times-over-grandma. He's also got super-powers and is sworn to protect mortals - from other supercharged godlings and from themselves. But that's just his Superman. His Clark Kent? Romance novel cover model. Hee hee.

Hale is a total operator, but recently he's grown disenchanted by his own womanizing ways. When he's tasked with "protecting" Tracy Tannin... well, you can pretty much see where this is going, right? Straight to TrueLovesville.

In addition to being all kinds of hot, he has several useful skills: he talks to animals - particularly one very mouthy ferret named Elmer; he can dematerialize at will - and accidentally whenever his allergies are acting up; and the man will jump start your busted Nova with his Ferrari. Hellooooo, Mr. Perfect.

A quote? How's about the biggest cheeseball pick-up line ever? Classic.

With a quick nod, she indicated the offending vehicle. "It's being uncooperative."
"I find that hard to believe." His smile revealed a dimple. "I can't imagine anything not going out of its way to please you."

Who would I want to play him in a movie? Ryan Reynolds, baby. And not just because he is the pinnacle of all hotness. He's also got that twinkle. Dude, I love that twinkle. And that twinkle is all Hale.

So who's your favorite hero?


Annie - The Fussy Princess said...

Thanks for playing along Vivi. Your hero sounds great! And Ryan Reynolds certainly has that twinkle too :-)

Anonymous said...

When you asked the question, Colonel Brandon from Sense & Sensibility popped into my brain. Why? I don't know, because he put Marianne on a pedestal, and that's where I want to spend my life. He'd do anything for her, even let her go.


memi said...

See, now that you've mentioned Colin Firth, I'm afraid I've got Mr. Darcy on the brain. Both versions, mind you. *sigh*

Vivant said...

Wow, how to narrow it down to one hero. Mr. Darcy would be high on my list, but I also have a thing for Ayn Rand's strong, idealistic heros -- Howard Roark and John Galt.

For a modern and thoroughly entertaining hero, I would go along with your choice from Julie Kenner, or perhaps choose one of my favorites from Jennie Cruisie. Perhaps good guy Phin Tucker, or bad boy Davy Dempsey...

Kate Diamond said...

Ooh. Alan Rickman playing Colonel Brandon was hotness itself. Reading the book, I was never satisfied with Marianne's ending. But watching the movie I could believe that the two actually DID fall in love.

As for Ryan Reynolds... Vivi, it's funny you should mention him. He's the actor I picture in my head for my hero, Jude St. John. (It's the twinkle... and the shoulders.)

Vivi Andrews said...

Yeah, I gotta agree about Colonel Brandon. Hotness. Extreme hotness.