Thursday, February 2, 2012

Nice Guys Finish First

Generally I prefer my fictional heroes rough around the edges. If they have a tormented past – all the better. So often, in the case of fiction, it’s the bad boys who are portrayed as funny, entertaining, and passionate.

Hats off to authors who create nice guys with spunk and a few surprises in them. In short, guys worth falling for.

My favorite nice guy this year is Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games. His sincerity doesn’t get in the way of craftiness. He’s thoughtful, but not a pushover.

When a nice guy loses his temper it makes an even bigger impact than say Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, who loses his temper repeatedly.

I love the scene onboard the train to the Capitol when Peeta swipes their alcoholic mentor’s drink off the table and it crashes to the floor. It’s unexpected and the first glimpse that Peeta won’t go down without a fight.

Moving onto a contemporary setting, it was impossible not to fall for Cricket Bell in Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Cricket is quirky and persistent. There’s something attractive about a guy who knows what he wants and goes after it – even when said girl has a boyfriend! That doesn’t make him sound so nice, but her boyfriend is bad news and Cricket is upfront about his feelings and offers friendship during the interim when Lola’s unavailable.

Nice guys don’t have to be cuddly puppies trailing hopelessly after the heroine. Even nice people need to stand up for themselves – especially in the game of love.

In summary: Nice guys don’t always finish last and they may even live right next door. 


  1. I think we need more nice guys in YA fiction. I have nothing against "bad boys," but some books/authors cross the line into having their heroines make some pretty sketchy choices to "win" the bad boy. Nice guys just want girls to be themselves.

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