What is it about the "bad guy" that we love?
Come on, you know the type. Dark, brooding, conflicted soul...
I've been watching (Sh! Don't tell!) The Vampire Diaries series. (Haven't read the books, so can't tell you how those are)
Damon is totally my fav character. Why? I have no clue. Besides that he's hot? He sure doesn't have any redeeming qualities. (So far--I'm only a few episodes in) I mean, the guy's a total jerk. Kills people left and right without thinking twice.
So why do I root for him? Is it the hope there's some good in him that'll surface eventually?
And it's like this everywhere. Girls are naturally drawn to the bad boy. Maybe it's the inner desire to save a lost soul. Is there some sort of chromosome we women (or men) have that makes us think we can rescue the bad and make good? It's like how I always root for the losing team, regardless of who's playing.
So what is it? What is it about the bad that compels us so? Do books and movies tap into some dark unspoken part of our souls or subconscious that longs for something more than the good that's right in front of us?
And when did bad = sexy? Does it in your opinion? I don't have the answer. Which is why I'm asking YOU. I'd REALLY like to know the answer!
Red. Head. Out. :D