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The lines between genres are sometimes blurry. I always try to add a dash of mystery and adventure to my romances. My guest blogger, Kate George, also colors outside the lines with her “mysteries with a side of laughter.” Please welcome Kate to Read, Write, Love.
I am a major Gleek. Every Tuesday I drive over to my friend’s house to watch Glee with her family because I live out in the sticks and we don’t get that channel at my house. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Noah Puckerman, the Bad Boy of the show. Finn, the good boy, holds no fascination for me. He has a weak chin and is perpetually confused. He tries to do the right thing, but often gets it wrong the first time around. That kind of good-natured bumbling irritates me. I liked Finn in the beginning, but now – he kind of annoys me. Sorry Finn.
Ah, but Noah, now there’s a different story. He’s not my usual type. For one thing he’s a teenaged boy and (let me be clear here) nothing about teenaged boys is remotely interesting in other than as a friends of my kids’ kind of way. But Mark Salling who plays puck is twenty-eight years old. Very much NOT a teenager. I may be a little touchy on this point, but it’s because my day job is in a school. It would be in VERY BAD TASTE for me to be crushing on a teenaged boy.
So instead of Puck (Noah Puckerman) let’s talk about Mark Salling in his role of Puck. Mark plays an attractive, in a dark kind of way, juvenile bad boy. He cheats with his best friend’s girl. He slashes tires. He gets in the other student’s faces. He has a pool cleaning business, which he uses to hook up with women of all ages. This man-boy likes him some women and not much deters him from what he wants.
But he also has this disconcerting streak of honor. He refuses to cheat on his friend more than once. Okay, that didn’t sound good, but it does show he has a conscience. He’s willing to support his baby. He’s willing to take one for his friends. Mark as Puck is a bad boy with a heart. And, other than the singing – they all sing like there’s no tomorrow, he’s the only guy on the show that does a thing for me.
Will Schuester is plain creepy, and the rest of them, well, are just teenaged boys. And like I said – friends of my kids. Come to think of it, most of the adults in Glee are creepy. They’ve got the kinds of problems that would keep them out of most schools I know of.
Back on track here. What is it about a bad boy that is so attractive? I know that there is the hint of danger, as women we tend to find that exciting, but there’s more than that. There’s the idea that if I was to become the object of his attention that the focus would be entirely on me. At least for that moment. And if you had a problem the bad boy would take care of it. Just because he could.
I’m a grown woman and perfectly capable of taking care of my problems, it’s just that I wouldn’t have to. There’s something charming about that. Add in the danger and the sexuality? Oh yeah, I could get behind that. At least for a day or two. But don’t send Mark Salling to my door. I’m pretty sure my husband would not be happy – he’s probably harboring the delusion that he’s a bad boy. Sorry honey…
Award winning writer, Kate George, is the author of Moonlighting in Vermont and California Schemin’ (due out March 1, 2011). She lives in Vermont with Dogs, kids, and currently, snow. You can reach her at www.kategeorge.com. Her books are available at www.mainlymurderpress.com, amazon.com or can be ordered from any bookstore.
Thanks for being my guest today, Kate.
Now it’s your turn to weigh in on the question of bad boys, or gleeks, or any question you’d like to ask Kate about her humorous mysteries. A random commenter will receive his/her choice of a print or an ebook version of California Schemin’.