So since I've got the entire group after me, [yes, all the boys are in love with me], I thought I would share some rules on creating the perfect bad boy.
Note: I am NOT saying that you should go out and chemically create the perfect bad boy. But if you do, hit me up.
- Dark past.
Seriously, this is the biggest one. Abusive parents, drug history, street fighting because of poor background. Whatever you can think of. It doesn't have to be realistic or relevant. It just has to make it so your bad boy is even badder.
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Purchase your bad boy today and we'll throw in a free motorcycle and leather jacket! Otherwise, the motorcycle is sold separately, along with the dream house and cruise. Accessories such as cigarettes and the leather jacket can be purchased online. Batteries not included.
- Family status matters... NOT!
Your bad boy is going to be the most popular boy at school, or at least, the most known. It doesn't matter if he's secretly rich or poor as anything because he'll always find a way to make ends meet and face it, they don't care about money at all. Somehow, everything just works out.
- "Tousled hair"
YA Bad Boys have redefined "sexy" by bringing a new trend... bed head. But don't worry, with their jawline and beautiful gemstone eyes, their "i don't give a sh**" hair only makes them sexier.
- Trying at school is overrated.
Bad boys are naturally smart. Unlike the book worms who study daily to maintain their 4.0 GPAs, bad boys just raise a pinky and everything is done for them. They get straight A's and make their family proud.
- An unquenchable thirst for good girls.
Opposites attract doesn't only apply in science class. The bad boy is looking for a good girl who gets paired up with him on a school project in which they end up spending their lives together afterwards. He finds good girls "cute" but don't worry, he's secretly a nice guy on the inside.
- Anger issues that are oh-so sexy [ex. defending the girl's honor]
Because there's something attractive about the way your boyfriend beats another guy to a pulp when that other guy is being an asshole. ROOOOOOOOMANTIC.
- Overconfidence and arrogance.
You can't deny, there's something attractive in an overflowing river of arrogance. When he cares about himself more than you, it's so cute to watch him fawn over himself. You love the way he talks about himself and how he carries his head high.
- Reputation built on lies.
Oops, I must be going back on my first point a little, huh? So, your bad boy can't actually be addicted to drugs because it would be really gross to kiss him. He also has to be "rumored" to be a bully but really, spends his time reading Harlequin romances because no girl would fall for a guy who's actually bad. He can't be a murderer or rapist because there's a line of being "sexy bad" and "bad bad."
I think what it is, is that authors take a good boy and give him some "bad" clothes, give him a bratty attitude but still have that nice guy underneath. Dress Augustus Waters in leather, give him a fouler mouth and a cocky attitude and mix it with the nice guy he is. Boom. That's a "YA bad boy."
What I feel we should be careful of is the fact that in real life, these are not what bad boys are. Bad boys are the guys who are actually bad. I've seen them. And to be honest, there is nothing attractive about them because they're uncaring, rude and probably don't want to talk to you anyway.
It's funny, because in contemporary fiction, things are set in modern day society but at the same time, so much of it is fantasy and authors have convinced us to them make our legit expectations. I'm sorry, but my school doesn't even have a cheerleading team, much less a head barbie witch who insists on making everyone hell. The "popular people" are the sweet and charitable, which is why they're popular.