You might know.. I think we mentioned it once or twice that it’s the Month of the All Male Challenge! So, I decided to talk about Types of Boys in YA literature today with you guys! And I have a wonderful guest today! I invited Missie from the Unread Reader today!
Best Friend – loyal to the core, cute
Do we not love them? For this type, two boys immediately jump into my mind. Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss and Jay from The Body Finder! Both are the absolutely adorable and they start as being the best friends. The boy you can always count on. They are basically the perfect boy next door and the true and real love interest any girl can find!
Missie: This is a great category to introduce first, Danny. I love romances that start from friendships. To me, they are more meaningful and authentic than the instalove we are often forced to believe is real. But just like a deeper relationships can form between best friends, others are left to watch from a distance, but these are guys that we still can’t help cheer for because they’ve enduring themselves to us. Like Simon’s feelings for Clary. He really loves her, and that doesn’t stop just because she falls in love with someone else.
here my choices for Etienne (Aaron Johnson) and for Jay ( Max Irons)
High School Quaterback – hottest boy in school
There are tons of boys like this out there in YA literature. Often to be found in Contemporary stories. What I love most about them is, that you have to discover their true awesomeness because often their true value is hidden. But deep inside, they are just intriguing boys, that offer more than just good looks!
Missie: Yup, I couldn’t agree more, Danny. My thoughts go to Archer Cross of Hex Hall series. He was definitely the hottest guy at school, but he was keeping some secrets! Then you didn’t know if he was good or bad or what. Either way, I couldn’t help swooning over him.
my choice for Max ( the young Jared Padalecki)
Missie: I don’t know what it is about painters or musicians, but boy do they make me melt! They are usually the silent, introspective type. But they do amazing things like write songs for their girl, or paint her portrait. And every time, it’s the best song or work of art on the planet! And sometimes, they aren’t even artists, but they can still whip up something spontaneous that totally blows your mind. Like Ryan from Raw Blue. When Ryan showed Carly the type of tattoo he’d get, I lost my sh*t! It was an amazing moment for all of us.
Danny: Oh what a great categorry! Glad you mentioned these! I admit not having read too many books with artist apart from “Amplified” but I definitely need ro read more!
Missie: They are either super hot, with looks that are too perfect to be real or they are super adorkable, with looks that are familiar and comfortable. But the main quality that these guys got going on for them is that they can charm the pants off of anyone. They’re smart, and always have quick, witty comebacks for any situation. What’s frustrating about these guys is that they are such naturals at getting what they want, all they have to do is flash their lopped-sided smile to kill you!
Danny: Oh the Charmer!!!!! I love them – always there for a witty retord and they drive you nuts! But, it’s easy to fall for them isn’t it?
Missie: Unlike the bad boys, these guys mind their manners, and they are especially thoughtful around their leading ladies. They are considerate and shy, and tooth ache sweet! And they may not be as vocal as their counterparts, but they speak in other ways, often with grand gestures that totally steal the show. And they also know how to play hero at exactly the right time.
Danny: Admittedly, if you’d have asked me for examples here, I’d have no idea…
Missie: These guys have no hope. They’ve messed up so bad, that there is no redemption for them, but along the way, they still managed to worm their way into your heart, mostly because they wear their hearts on their sleeve.
Danny: Those just make me cry and tear up so badly. But, yes I admit I easily fall in love with those boys..
Now, we get to my favorite type of boys! The Bad Boys Section! but, while thinking about them I realized there are several subtypes of bad boys and since I love them so much and they are the most abundant types of boys, they all deserve single sections!
Missie: Yay! Bring on the Bad Boys!
Bad Boys subtype: brooding, sometimes angry, can be bad- ass
This type of boy is often tattooed, which adds to the incredible hottness in my mind. They are broken, often very angry and brooding. It’s not easy to get to them because at first they push you away before they’ll let you in. But, those kind of boys are the most interesting ones because you need to get below the surface to understand this boy. And often times, they break your heart.
Missie: Yeah, these guys are definitely heartbreakers, but it’s only because they are so dang stubborn, and they think know best! All three Fuentes brothers (Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles) come to mind immediately. Not only were these brothers bad-asses, they were also smart-asses! Cool and funny, but tough when they needed to be. And boy, did they know how to get into trouble.
classic choices for Jace ( Alex Pettyer) and Ash (Ben Barnes)
Bad Boys subtype: mysterious, dominant, possessive, bad-ass
definitely my favorite type!! I love the mystery surrounding them, I love to figure out the secrets they have! In addition, they are often very strong, even dominant and most of them a very possessive! There is just something undeniable sexy about this kind of boys and out of the head my favorite books had a dark mysterious boy I desperately wanted to figure out! Often, those kind of boys are often very cocky, always have a fast verbal comeback and love the snark! In addition, there is nothing more complex than those and there is nothing more exciting to see when they fall in love! Here I have tons of examples, woot!
Missie: These type of guys end up being either a hit or miss for me. I know, I’m weird. I mean, I’m all for a good amount of possessiveness, but when it get’s creepy, that’s my cut off. But then again, when Ash threatened to kill Megan, I swooned all over the place!
Galen ( Dean Geyer) and .. Kaiden ( Zac Efron with black hair)
So tell me girls, which category did we miss? What is your favorite type of boy and … who did we forget?