The majority of romance novels involve an alpha male. They are the heartthrob of the story. Their kisses stir passion, desire, and fantasy. They take what they want without question or apology. Sigh!
I love them.
And then I read an article. It was based on these alphas and why, as writers, we should no longer allow them to dominate. That they should ask for kisses instead of stealing them. That, as women, we should stand against such behavior.
Yes, I understand the point. In the real world, a man can’t go around backing women into walls and kissing them stupid without their consent. But in novels, we are setting the scene, the heroine and her hero have an undeniable attraction. Her actions and words all give signals that the man reads. Sometimes he might go in slow, predatorily if he’s not one hundred percent sure and is trying to get a reaction. And I guarantee he will get a reaction. Isn’t that seeking her consent?
Not all of these men are alphas either. When my beta side-character becomes the main hero in his own story, he switches. He’s now the leading alpha in his own domain. That doesn’t mean he changes characteristics and mannerisms. It just means that it’s his turn to step up to the plate. He now has a chance to get the girl. He will look for similar signals as his alpha friends.
It’s a natural instinct. As writers we didn’t create these instincts, but we do use them.
What are your thoughts?