What Do Readers Want Most in a Romance Novel?
Here’s the question for today: What character qualities do your favorite romantic heroes have?
Answer: Readers love heroes who are kind, have a good sense of humor, and can see the funny side of life. They also love heroes who are alpha males, brooding and tortured, intelligent, calm in desperate situations, and flawed as well as wonderful.
Quite a smorgasbord of qualities. How to choose the favorite? Ah… But readers listed one quality over and over as their favorite. Can you guess what it was?
A hero with a sense of humor. Why is that, do you think?
I’ve done some thinking on it, and have a few ideas. A hero with a sense of humor can laugh at himself. He’s humble, and knows he’s not perfect. A hero with a sense of humor can make the heroine laugh. He’s never dull company, and you’ll never know what to expect from him next. He’s most likely intelligent, too. Definitely a bonus. In addition, he’s probably an even-keeled sort of person, and therefore calm in a crisis. In sum, a hero with a sense of humor encompasses nearly every character quality that readers love best.
I know the next book I read will have a hero with a great sense of humor. Any suggestions?
Tomorrow we’ll tackle strong heroines.