Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Alpha Vs. Beta Vs. Gamma

by Victoria Barbour

Hello wonderful RWAC friends. It’s great to be blogging with you today. I hope you’ll forgive me for not coming up with a fresh new post for you, but it’s summer and hot and I’m just back from an amazing holiday in Ireland so I thought I’d share with you a bit of fun that I get up to weekly over on my blog. Each week I answer three questions about writing. Here’s a post from earlier this summer where I shared my thoughts on Alpha vs Beta heroes in romance novels! I hope you enjoy. And please feel free to answer these questions yourself!

1. What’s your ideal: alpha or beta and why?
This is difficult. The love of my life is a Beta hero, but there’s no denying the instant allure of a strong Alpha when he walks into the room. For a while there I was thinking of my current hero as more of a Beta with Alpha qualities, but then I heard the term Gamma. What’s a Gamma hero? Picture an Alpha without the arrogance, an Alpha who’s able to have a conversation about feelings. That’s a Gamma. And now that I think of it, most of my heroes that I thought were Alphas are more like Gammas. All that being said, I think we each have an idea of who’s an alpha and who’s a beta.

For me, Gerard Butler is an Alpha while Jason Segal is a beta. What’s your ideal?

2 .Do you have a male buddy or mate you use for confirmation or inspiration when crafting your heroes?
No. All my guy friends are betas (even the ones who might think they’re alphas.) And while this is cliché, my best guy friend is my husband. And I think there’s always a bit of him that creeps into all my heroes.  But this makes me wonder.
Let’s answer this question: Can a woman be just friends with an Alpha? You know, true friends, when you’re not only being his friend cause you secretly lust after him? I’d love to see your answer in the comments.

3.What does any hero have to do to win your heart?  
Again there’s the difference in real life and writing life. For me, when I was looking for the man I wanted to have a real relationship, the key thing I was looking for was someone that I could have good conversations with. I wanted intellect and stimulation. Er. Linguistic. Er. My mind has wandered. I’m quitting now….

Victoria Barbour

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  1. I am definitely more of a beta girl ... I don't know why ... maybe it's a sense of humour thing ...

  2. Funny, when reading and writng historicals, I like a super alpha hero, but in contemporaries, I enjoy a beta.

  3. I've never heard of a Gamma hero. I'm going to be on a panel at When Words Collide in Calgary debating the Alpha vs. the Beta Hero. I have to agree with Julianne MacLean. Historicals=Alpha and Contemporaries=Beta.

  4. I've never heard of the Gamma but I definitely could go for that (I think the hero of my books tend to be in this catagorey). But I'm definitely a beta girl. I love Marshall!!! And a beta who gets his Alpha on from time to time is the best!!! I write historicals too, and I like a strong character, but a too "Alpha" turns me off.

  5. Romance heroes are such an interesting study, aren't they. :) Thanks everyone for chatting.

  6. LOVE the alpha. Always. Except in real life, of course :)

  7. I always picture the beta hero as Jimmy Stewart and alpha as John Wayne. Gammas are a little confusing to me. Cool. But confusing.