By: Jenni Cowburn
Think about your favorite romantic novel and the chances are it contains a strong male protagonist. If this protagonist is aloof, independent, emotionally unavailable, deeply flawed, secretive, cunning yet somehow still loving and attractive, then the chances are he is a Byronic Hero and your favorite romance novel just wouldn’t be the same without him. He probably has several ladies swooning at his feet and maybe has a history of picking the wrong partner or is currently courting a superficial slip of a girl who can’t possibly match up to his towering intellect. He may even be locked in an unhappy relationship, unable to stay yet unwilling to leave – until, that is, he meets his intellectual and emotional soul mate, falls head over heels in love with her, overcomes any obligatory obstacles and then dashes off into the sunset with his number one lady at his side (or, as with Heathcliff and Cathy, meets a tragic end).
Heathcliff, Mr Rochester, Mr Darcy, Rhett Butler – even Edward Cullen in the popular Twilight novels – all are typical Byronic Heroes and many are characters in some of the greatest, most canonical romantic novels of all times. So how can the aspiring romantic novelist inject a little extra something into his or her male protagonist, making him an adversary (or advocate) worthy of the most Byronic of Heroes? This article will outline the traits associated with this type of romantic hero with a view to explaining exactly why all good romance novels need such a complex character.
What Makes the Byronic Hero so Special?
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