What Makes A Perfectly Sexy Man?

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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? 

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  1. My male characters are thinly veiled versions of myself…

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  2. Hahaha. Love it, thanks Joel! I look forward to reading one of your stories. ;-)

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  3. Sense of humor is definitely a must with my guy characters. Though I try to give them flaws, too--personality flaws make people real, I think. Perfect guys never interest me. :)

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  4. Hmmm.... well, I haven't written a romance or love story yet, so I guess I don't know. I think it would be someone with a sense of humor though. I like a man with a sense of humor who is also smart. And the older I get the more I like men with intelligence so I would never write a man without some intelligence. Boring!

    Have a lovely week! xx

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  5. A perfectly sexy man in two words: Daniel Craig.

    :-)

    My male characters usually have a sense of humor and above all, they respect the women in their lives.

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  6. Sense of humour and hygiene...well should be drop dead gorgeous as well!

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  7. Meredith, gotta give them some flaws, definitely - easier to connect with. Good point!

    Danette, the brain is a tres sexy organ, methinks. Enjoy your week too, lovely x

    Melissa, respect - very good! And Mr Craig, well he just oozes cool. ;-) I also love that he's hitched to Rachel Weisz - what a super couple!

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  8. Nas, welcome! We're certainly not adverse to DDG! Bring it! ;-)

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  9. I usually write who I want. He might be blond he might be dark but he always possesses a wit and knows how to kiss. Heck, what else to you need?

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  10. In real life, I like my men perfect like the dear hubby napping on the sofa while I write this. When I write, I like to insert the flaws.
    On TV, I love Raylin Givens played by Tim Olyphant on Justified. He's so mannerly and charming but a really tough, messed up guy.

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  11. MsHatch, kissing is very important. I feel. ;-)

    Susan, you are sweet, how lucky is your hubby? I like flaws too, definitely provides a little intrigue and makes them a little more human.

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  12. I've been thinking about your post for the last 10 minutes... but I just can't put a finger on what makes a male character irresistable!

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  13. If I were writing I suppose humor would be #1 in a male character, same as it is in real life for me. I've always been a little afraid of the hunks but that Brando was some hunk
    Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

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  14. I'd put personal hygiene at the top of the list. It's one of those things you don't really notice unless it's not there, and then you really notice! I definitely project what I like in a man in my male characters - they're so much more fun to write about that way. :)

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  15. A culinary wizard w/ a private chef .... sounds like Chef Ramsay! :)

    Glad to see that honesty is considered the #1 characteristic.

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  16. Agnes, a certain 'je ne sais quoi', perhaps? ;)

    Manzanita, humor rates highly for me, both in real life and writing!

    Susan, agreed - definitely good fun to write about!

    Jessie, nice! And good at golf? ;-)

    Lisa, I'd take Jamie Oliver over Ramsay! ;-)

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  17. Well, since you asked, how about the man's pov. Since I consider myself a Renaissance man I like to incorporate that into my male characters. They are rugged, yet smart, funny, and flawed. Yes, FlAWED. TO be a real man you must have some flaws. We are, after all human.

    But most important of all they must have a good heart and deep soul. No matter what I put them through they will never lose either.

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  18. Oh, Michael - you are a Renaissance man and we love you for it! Flaws are a must. Big deep heart - and a soul like no other. Thank you for bringing a mans POV to this post! Love it! x

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