It's the wrap up day of Bad Boys Week on our blog -- all in celebration of the release of Buzz Girl Simone Elkeles' new book Perfect Chemistry.
I got to thinking about bad boys and I've come to what I think is a pretty good conclusion... there are two types of bad boys.
The first is the bad boy that ultimately earns redemption by the end of the story -- and the other bad boy is the type that takes you to to the edge of what you will accept or take and by the end of the story has you realizing that the *other* guy right under your nose is actually the one for you.
I'm a big fan of the first type of bad boy -- and Daniel Craig plays just this type of dark hero in the new movie Defiance, which opens nationwide in January.
This movie is directed by Edward Zwick, who did The Last Samuarai and Glory, as well as having a hand in the wonderful TV series, My So-Called Life, incidentally. But back to Daniel...
He and his brothers (the awesome Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell) in this WWII set movie are the town ne'er-do-wells who know the forests of Bellarusse like the backs of their hands -- they've often used the woods as a hideout during their thieving days. As the Nazis begin rounding up the Jewish people of the town, Daniel and his brothers take to the woods, interested only in their own survival. But soon, more people find their way to the forest seeking asylum and Daniel becomes the leader of a small society that fights the tyranny of the Nazis and ultimately saves hundreds of people.
He is a bad boy redeemed in this wonderful movie that shows a story of war never before told. I got to see a preview screening with a Q and A with the director afterwards and it was fabulous.
Anyway, it's this kind of bad boy that I think is the very best kind. The reluctant hero that rises to the occasion. See also my beloved Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You - and of course, Simone Elkeles' book Leaving Paradise for the bad boy with redemption possibilities.
The other type of bad boy is not my favorite -- though I've definitely dated him before. Lol. This one takes you to the edge, hooks up with your best friend, and ultimately breaks your heart -- see Kelly Parra's Graffiti Girl for an example of that guy! And, seriously -- stay away from him, P.S.!
So what do you think? Do you go for the bad boy who'll be redeemed, or the bad boy who shows you he's not the one for you in the end. And why, oh why, do we lust after these jokers, anyway?
Never Cry Werewolf - HarperTeen June 2009
The Clearing - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Spring 2010