What makes the Perfect Man? That is quite 'the' question, darlings. Being 'Honest' took the top spot in a poll by the Festival of Romance recently, being 'Loyal' and having a 'Sense of Humour' came in second and third places respectively. On a note of humour or not, 'Kind' and 'Personal Hygiene' ranked equally at number four. Over at the Daily express - 'Speaking a foreign language' took honours in the Carte Noire study of seduction, with cooking and a love for literature and the arts trailing close behind. It makes you wonder though, are we of the fairer sex 'projecting' just a bit? Personally, I'd say so.
I've embraced the Metrosexual amongst my friends but when it comes down to it, give me a 'Manly Man' any old day. You know, that perfect man who moonlights as a culinary wizard behind closed doors, someone who preempts that your wine glass needs refilling before you know it, the 'one' who is so uber cool, he doesn't follow fashion, - fashion follows him and he has a dapper style, though perhaps never as good as mine. There'd be mirror fights...not pretty. The Perfect Gentleman would also keep a private jet on tap, travel willy-nilly 24/7, shower me with Louboutins and Hermes scarves and oh... you know, just pamper me. I'm easy-pleasey-peasey really. But lets push our fantasies aside. For now.
What I want to know is this - when writing your Male Characters, how real are they? Is it all 'fiction', or do you add a dash of what you find appealing in real life? There's a saying that 'what makes a woman attractive is between her ears, not her legs' - I think that applies to the perfect Manly Man too. A sense of humour, definitely. And as for personal hygiene? Well, toliet-seat 'down' is always a winner. Now, tell me - what attributes are key for the men in your writing lives?