Been thinking a lot about this character archetype in recent weeks, but I won't bore you with those thoughts. Suffice it to say I encountered a bit of metastory earlier this summer in which the bad boy from a classic novel was redeemed -- transformed into a romantic hero, even -- and it's been weighing on my mind ever since.
For purely academic reasons, of course. *ahem*
Because girls never go all swoony and coo over rogues, right, Alicia? Especially not over cocktails in the lobby bar in Orlando. And especially not us. We're far too dignified for such shenanigans.
Which brings me to my questions for Team Comments, and anyone else who cares to play along. (Yes, it's a non sequitur. Indulge me.)
Is a rogue the same thing as a bad boy?
Do you prefer one character type to the other (as a reader)? Do you avoid either?
How far can a rogue (or bad boy) go before crossing the line into villainy? Got any examples?
What makes you trust that a rogue (or bad boy) has been redeemed and made worthy of romantic love?
These aren't merely speculative questions. I'm writing something on this topic -- not a blog post, go figure -- and am trying to refine my thinking. TIA for anything you care to share.