I've been thinking about the men of kink lately.
Okay, here's the deal. I need a hero. I DESPERATELY need a hero to inspire me to write his story. My choices are so overwhelming though. What really turns me on?
A master or owner is kind of the most extreme "D" type. At least I think of them that way. They tend to have the intricate rituals, the protocols, the demands for extreme submission.
Then you have a dominant, which is more a description than anything else. I've always been drawn to writing dominants, just because there seemed to be more latitude about what kind of person they could be. They could be any type of person in real life, but put on this dominant persona and become "Sir" or "Master" or whatever floated their boat. I tend to shy away from writing masters and owners, just because it seemed like such a rigid role. Dominants...you have a little leeway.
But lately, I've become interested in writing an alpha male. Not a Master or Dominant or anything BDSM related. Just a very demanding, intense, sexually voracious male who may or may not do BDSM-type things to his woman depending on his mood. He may or may not negotiate in a traditional BDSM way. He most certainly would not scene down at the local club. A lot of what's been going through my mind lately has been men like this.
I don't know though. It seems like the alpha male is the least delineated hero-type of all, and thus most likely to disappoint readers who expect a BDSM-defined hero. In the end though, I guess I have to write whatever hero comes to me...when he comes to me.
Do you have a preference in what type of kink hero you read? Why or why not?