Monday, 22 February 2010

To Baldly Go...

There are old heroes,
There are bold heroes,
But there are no old, bold heroes

Okay, possibly that's pirates but this post isn't about that sort of boldness.

Where are all the bald heroes? Why aren't there more of them. Or even the guys who have skull trims?

Two of my favourite heroes have skull trims. Though in the case of Zsadist of the BDB it's not because he's losing his hair. However, D, of Zero at the Bone is described as having hair that is barely more than stubble all over his skull.

I don't think it's because there aren't any heroes in the media who are/have been bald or who have skull trims - Patrick Stewart, Jason Statham, Michael Rosenbaum, Richard T. Jones, Lawrence Fishburne to name but a few. So why aren't there more in romantic fiction?

So does anyone have any bald/balding heroes to recommend? I'm serious about this. :) There's a copy of Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris for one poster to this thread. Poster to be chosen at random on Friday by random number at


Nicole said...

Well, for myself, I'm not too attracted to bald/ing guys. So if a large number of women are like me, that could explain it. On the other hand, I know other ladies who feel the opposite way, so that probably isn't a good enough reason.

(And I'm not a huge Charlaine Harris fan, so please don't enter me in the contest so someone who appreciates it more will win it.)

Renee said...

Yes! Tom Paoletti from Suzanne Brockmann's Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters series #1). He not only keeps his hair closely shaved, but the point is made that it's because he's balding.

Balding is fine with me, if it's also worn very short, and worn with confidence!

Ooh, that's one of the very few CH books I haven't read! *g*

LesleyW said...

Nicole - I think you're right in that it might be down to perception.

Renee - Whoops I forgot Tom. And I think you've picked up on the thing that makes it attractive - it's the confidence thing and I agree with the very short. Hence my love of the skull trim, there should be more of them in romance land.

Chris said...

Isaac Rhodes in Private Dicks by Katie Allen has buzzed off hair, but I'm not sure if it's because he's balding or not.

LesleyW said...

Chris - thanks for the recommendation. :)