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The Geeky Hero: Hot or Not? ~ Talkin’ ’bout Books Tuesday Discussion #8

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“Talkin’ ’bout Books” is a newish meme for weekly book discussions.

Each Tuesday, we will post a discussion about a book-related topic. Sometimes, we will gear this toward writing books rather than reading them.

If you’re a blogger and you would like to join in on the fun, you don’t have to post about the same topic, but you are welcome to do so if you want. Just post a discussion and leave your link in the comments. It’s not required, but I encourage everyone who participates to visit other blogs and join in on the discussions.

You are welcome to use my image or make one of your own. If you come up with a better design, I would love it if you would share.

If you’re not a blogger, that’s okay too. Just leave a comment, with your answer to this week’s question.


*I apologize I haven’t posted a discussion in a while. I’ve been trying to get multiple projects going, and I neglected my regular features. Bad me!


My topic for this week is:


I love it when the hero is not Mr. Perfect. I like the socially awkward, tech savvy, and/or bookworm types of heroes. They are the guys you least expect to win the girls and save the world. I think of Shia LaBeouf in Transformers (socially awkward) or Christopher Reeve in Superman (shy).

I recently read Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper. One thing I loved about the book was that the romantic male lead was smart and wrapped up in his computers. He was attractive, but not drop-dead-gorgeous. To me this type of male character is hot, even though he isn’t muscle-bound, dangerous, or adventurous.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a place for the smokin’ hot, confident, and popular guys, too. For example, I can’t imagine Thor being played by someone who doesn’t look like a Norse god or Riddick being played by someone who doesn’t give off the deadly vibe. If the book or movie calls for a bad-ass, you can’t replace him with someone who doesn’t exhibit those qualities physically or in personality. But, not every male lead needs to be a bad-ass or a drool-worthy male specimen. At least that’s my take on it.

What do you think? Do you like male leads that aren’t physically, emotionally, or socially perfect? Which do you prefer: the smokin’ hottie or the somewhat average guy? The tough guy or the smart guy?

This post is part of the 2016 Discussion Challenge, hosted by It Starts at Midnight & Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

7 Replies to “The Geeky Hero: Hot or Not? ~ Talkin’ ’bout Books Tuesday Discussion #8”

  1. I admit that I have a soft spot for the dark and tortured but every once in a while I don’t mind a sweet, geeky or even beta hero. There should be something out there for everyone.

  2. I am on the same page with you! There are some characters that need to stick out as uber attractive, although I am not always a member of their book boyfriend club. I like the male character exactly as you’ve described him: the socially awkward, tech savvy, and/or bookworm types. If I am a socially awkward, tech-killing bookworm (which I am), then we’d be a perfect match! 🙂

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