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Friday, June 28, 2013

Return of the SUPER Super Hero



I wasn't really sure how to start this blog post, mainly because I didn't want to do a review of Man of Steel (SUPERMAN MOVIE!!!). But I wanted to convey my enjoyment, surprise and thankfulness for the directors and producers who decided to make this version of Superman, well, pretty darn SUPER. He did the right thing, no matter what. You could count on him, even in his Clark Kent persona.

 Don't get me wrong. I LOVE the anti-heroes: Spider-Man and Iron Man to name a few. How they struggle, they debate, they despair and stop fighting the good fight, until they come to their senses. BUT it seemed as if every Super Hero Movie (since the Avengers--totally rocked, by the way) has had their main character like that, and I was growing weary of it.

Should I find the culprit who let the dogs out?


So for me, and my family, Man of Steel, delivered just want I'd been craving: an honest-to-goodness Superhero who saved the day and got the girl. Speaking of girls, MoS's version of Lois Lane is my favorite EVER. Usually, Lois is snarky and biting, and for me, I didn't understand what the heck CK or SM saw in her. This time she was relatable, sweet, brave and got to fight with her man. Or as much as she was physically able. I mean, we are dealing with Aliens here. Aliens with superhuman strength.



Now I want to read a book with a truly good guy in it. No grey hero or redeemed bad boy. Just a truly good guy from the start (and also in his past) to the end. Anyone have any recommendations?

22 comments:

  1. Marquita,
    I'm with you. I love good guys, and I've always had a thing for Superman. I'm wracking my brain to come up with a book recommendation, and I can't think of anything at the moment. If something comes to me, I'll stop back and let you know.

    I have two books with good guys in them, because I love the honorable ones: Lady Amelia's Mess and Half & Lady Vivian Defies a Duke

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    1. I have to agree Jake and Luke are really good guys. I think Luke is a little more of a good guy.

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    2. Me too! And it's perfectly fine to recommend your own heroes!!!

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  2. If I said my own good guy, am I biased? I wrote Trey Chapman in The Only Exception, because I was tired of the bad boy hero. I wanted a genuinely good hearted guy and Im happy that other girls can read and swoon.

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    1. Trey was totally a good guy, Magan!! I lurves him.

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  3. I had a completely, utterly different reaction to Man of Steel than you did. I mean, during all of those fight sequences, when Superman ought to have been doing anything and everything he could to protect the people of earth from these aliens with superhuman powers, all he did was tell them to get inside. Instead of trying to move the fighting away from the buildings where the humans were hiding, he kept fighting right there, destroying so much property that there were bound to be countless people hurt. And this version of Lois Lane felt pretty much TSTL in how she went off on her own to explore when she had no business doing so. I was not a fan of this reincarnation of the Superman franchise.

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    1. Lol!!! I knew it.

      Okay, going to disagrees with you on two points. One he couldn't have moves all of those people. That was a total death sentence for them, and the aliens wanted him not the humans.

      As for Lois, I thought it was pretty well established she was a veteran reporter who embedded with troops and the like during war, so for me, natural conclusion. And how else could Clark show his real self and save her from herself, lol. ;)

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    2. Also sorry for all the typos!! I answering on my phone!!!

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    3. LOL! As to moving the people, that's not what I'm saying. I didn't expect him to move the people, I expected him to do anything and everything he could to move the fighting away from them, instead of decimating the buildings he'd told them to hide inside. It WAS him that the aliens were after. So if he moved, they would have followed. As to Lois Lane, we'll just have to agree to disagree. ;)

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  4. I forgot to comment on the good guy heroes! Lol.

    I tend tobe drawn more to darker characters so that's a tough one for me. I'll have to watch and see what everyone else recommends, because I don't think I've read any like that recently, or if I have they haven't stuck with me.

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  5. I have a ton. Here we go:

    Luke Cannon from Destination Wedding by Robin Neeley. He's a good guy, his twin brother now that's questionable.
    Henry Tobler from The "What If" Guy by Brooke Moss
    Theo Grayson from Blaze of Winter
    Tate Odder from Empty Net by Toni Aleo
    Jordan Ryan from Falling for the Backup by Toni Aleo
    Luke Macguire from Real Men Don't Quit by Coleen Qwan
    Godric St. John from Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

    I think my list is good.

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    1. That's quite a list, Melody! Thanks for all of the suggestions!

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  6. Well, you know I'm not clued on the good guys! I like mine tainted, a little dinged up, and usually with a bit of an attitude. Which is odd since I married the exact kind of guy you're talking about. I will have to think on some book heroes that fit.

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    1. I don't know, Andris, Ryder is a pretty good guy in my book. ;)

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    2. OMG. You're right. *scratches head* How the crap did that happen?

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  7. I ALWAYS prefer the good guys - it's how I ended up with the world's best hubby! (Not that I'm biased or anything ;) ). The hero that I am writing now, for my fourth book (THE BARON NEXT DOOR), is actually my first anti-hero... not sure how bad he's really going to be.

    I actually thought that, even though he was super dark in some ways, Ian from Maire Claremont's THE DARK LADY was pretty darn heroic.

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    1. Oh yes, he was. I swooned when he rescued the heroine from that mad house. Literally a mad house and house of horror.

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  8. One of my favorite novella's has a good guy in it. Rachel Gibson's Now and Forever in the Secrets of a Perfect Night anthology. It's been out for over ten years but it is still one of my favorite stories.

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    1. Oh, I'll have to try that one, Beth. Usually, RG writes big aplha guys that need an attitude adjustment big time (and I so love).

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  9. I love Cole, Liz Carlyle's vicar hero in A Woman Scorned. Great nice guy hero!

    Also David in Meljean Brooks' Riveted.

    And I wrote a scholar hero once, who was a nice guy. Jack Alden is a scholar of antiquities..but he can get physical when pushed! The villains mock him for being a bookworm, and after he outsmarts and thrashes them, he says "And I learned that in a book!" :-)

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    1. Nice, Deb. Love how Jack gets the real last laugh!

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