Nothing flavors a YA tale like bad boys. They’re deviant, devilish, defiant and oh so cool. Not to mention they say what they want and have that special eye for making girls nervous with a single glance. Some of the hottest YA books today feature the bad boy as the main character’s love interest and, oftentimes, savior. Most famous (from the paranormal side) is Edward Cullen from Twilight. However, I’ve gotta give kudos to fallen angel Patch Cipriano from Hush Hush. Now that guy has some talk on him. The dialogue is extradorinarily good in a bad way – because the bad boy is the one saying it! Seems there’s a lot of spin on bad paranormal boys — anyone who is undead, unholy, invisible, hairy with fangs and the like. But what about the normal bad boys?
Oh yes, Johnny Castle has come home. (Wait a minute, he’s from a movie, not a book. Oh well, so what? Nobody puts Baby in a corner.)
The bad boy is all around us in real life. He hangs out behind the school, works the weird underground jobs such as night janitor for the Gas & Sip and drives a motorcycle instead of a car. His hair is disheveled and sexy. A tattoo peeks out from under the sleeve of his black t-shirt. And his body is lean and cut from doing things like fighting, running from the law and, as noted above, mopping gas station bathroom floors. What’s there not to love about being desired by the one society desires the least (or so they tell us)?
Whether your bad boy has broken wings, a set of sexy fangs or a penchant for robbery (hint-hint for Little Rooms, my almost-finished story), he deserves a special place in the heart of the YA novel. Why? Because not only do the main characters seem to want him, so do the ones we need the most — the readers.