I'm a sucker for the bad boy as much as the next girl (okay, maybe a lot more than the next girl), but I'm not about to dish on my personal history with such creatures. Instead, I'd like to talk about the bad boy I blame for my relentless attraction to the tall, dark, and dangerous.
Name: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Source: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
What makes him a bad boy: He's a total snob, he's abominably rude to Lizzie Bennet, he breaks up the relationship between Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley, he is very high-handed, and seems to think he's better than everyone else just because he's wealthy, handsome, and educated. He also has that talk, dark, and brooding thing going on, and is not one to say more than absolutely necessary.
What makes him irresistable: Falling in love with Lizzie changed him, made him look more critically at himself and his faults, made him a better man. He helped her sister (and her family) avoid the scandal of an unfulfilled elopement, he patched up things between Jane and Mr. Bingley, and he is nothing but welcoming kindness when Lizzie and her middle class aunt and uncle visit Darcy's massive country estate. It's the transformation he makes, into a more complete and well-rounded person, and the knowledge that it is his love of Lizzie that prompts this change that makes Mr. Darcy such an enthralling character.
I guess that's the perpetual lure of the bad boy. The idea that the power of a woman's love (or the love for a woman) can bring out the best parts of him--some of which are hidden deep, deep down. It's the hope that beneath his rough, gruff exterior is a soft-hearted man just waiting for the right girl to come along, turning him into the kind of guy who looks like a puppy dog whenever he sees her.
Your turn. Who's your first (or favorite) bad boy?
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