Good Guys

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Stories require characters and the list of roles they take on is almost endless: protagonist, antagonist, love interest, jilted lover, resident bad boy, neurotic friend, evil mastermind, town floozy, etc.

Photo Credit: Flickr by Yeonsang

Photo Credit: Flickr by Yeonsang

But my favorite character is the good guy. Not the super hero, but the average, everyday good guy. You know the ones. Tough exterior, heart of gold, heaps of imperfections, and loads of good intentions.

Here are a few “good guys” from the YA genre that I enjoyed reading about:

Lawson “Lucas” Maxfield from Tammara Webber’s Easy.

Brewster from Neal Shusterman’s Bruiser.

Vlad from Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd.

Four or Tobias from Veronica Roth’s Divergent.


And I do have favorite good guy characters from adult literature. However, the complexity of the character changes when dealing with adult characters versus YA or NA characters. You know, baggage. But if I was going to name a few Adult literature good guys, they would be:

Robert Langdon from Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, etc.

Hardy Cates from Lisa Kleypas Blue-Eyed Devil

and any good guy that Susan Elizabeth Phillips developed

Do you have favorite characters? Are they good guys?




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