Friday Fight Day: Rumble of the Retellings

It is not Friday. Er, it was supposed to be a Friday when I posted, but to take from an old adage: I do what I want. Haha, more like I was up at night trying to finish this post in time to get it out on an actual Friday and then I fell asleep, and now it’s Saturday. But let’s just all use our powers of imagination and cover up my blip, right? ūüôā Anyways, Friday Fight Days are when two bookish items, people, genres, etc. battle it out to be crowned champion. Every week it’s a new battle!

This week it’s…

*Dun, dun, dun*

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Fairy Tale retellings vs. Mythology retellings.

Retellings are all the rage these days, specifically fairy tale ones. Mythology retellings took the turn in the spotlight just a few years before fairy tales, with the Percy Jackson series even hitting some schools’ summer reading lists.

For my senior year of high school, we had to read this book that emphasized over all other points this term called¬†intertextuality,¬†which is the relationship between one text and another text. The author of the book said that all books are connected, and that even though we don’t know it, whenever we read a book we are automatically linking that book with the ones we’ve read in the past. And maybe, in a way, that’s why retellings are so popular. Because they are intertextuality to the extreme. They don’t just echo past works, they remodel them. They take the Greek, Roman, Asian, and Egyptian myths I read as a child, as well as the texts I used to read in my big book of fairy tales and gather inspiration from them. The result is that I get excited even¬†before¬†I start to read them, because they’re already beloved to me.

But even though I love both mythology based books as well as fairy tale ones, there can only be one champion.

The Strong Suits (Popular books in each category)

Fairy Tales: 

-The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

-Beastly by Alex Flinn

-Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

-Entwined by Heather Dixon

-Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley

Mythology 

-The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

-Abandon by Meg Cabot

-Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

-The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

-The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Since retellings go in any direction the author wants them to go, it’s hard to come up with specific pros and cons that each category has, since any author doesn’t have to fall into the potholes of each one. But there are a couple of big differences that I think are pretty important.

1. In Mythology (specifically Roman and Greek, because that’s what I mainly read and so I can’t say much about other myths) many characters exist in the same land, so can interact with each other in the same books. Take the Percy Jackson Series. Percy Jackson is the son of Poisedon, but that doesn’t mean he can’t interact with Zeus, Athena, Hades, etc. Since the myths combine all those characters together, any one book can feature all of them without it being unique. Meanwhile, fairy tale retellings usually only include one notable figure, such as Snow White, Cinderella, or Red Riding Hood. It’s more atypical to have all sorts of characters interact with each other, although there are certain books where this happens, such as the Sisters Grimm series.

2. Fairy Tale retellings, for the most part, usually have the main character as the fairy tale they are modeled after. ¬†Just Ella is literally Cinderella, only after her marriage. Beastly is the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Entwined is about the 12 Dancing Princesses. Meanwhile, mythology based books usually have the main character¬†meeting¬†famous mythological creatures. Percy Jackson isn’t actually a person of notability, and while Pierce and John’s tale in Abandon follow the course of Persephone and Hades, Pierce herself clears up that they aren’t¬†actually¬†Persephone and Hades. Of course, there are many books in mythology where this isn’t true. Nobody’s Princess is one, as well as a few others. But while mythology bounces back and forth between being about meeting famous mythological figures and being famous, mythological figures, fairy tales seem to usually be about being those figures.

This one is a hard one to crown winner, because I love both old fairy tales and mythology. The Sisters Grimm Series is on my all time favorites list, but Nobody’s Princess and Abandon are both great. I like how in many mythology books a whole collection of characters comes out to play, but I also like fairy tale retellings in that they shadow the story, but with a twist. So, that said…who is Crowned Winner?

*Dun, Dun, Dun*

Guys, I’m going to have to go with fairy tale retellings on this one. As much as I love mythology, I think there’s a wider selection of fairy tales books on the market, and since there are so many different fairy tales, the selections have the opportunity to be really unique. Plus, I think the general *feel* of fairy tale books are, on average, much more whimsical and pretty (can that be a word to describe books?).

So, what do you think? Do you think Fairy Tales or Mythology retellings deserves the win? Why? Read any good mythology or fairy tale books, yet? Let me know in the comments below!  

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Friday Fight Day: Attack of the Ages

So, here’s the picture.

We’re floating in this airy, free-floating substance that is flooded with bright white light that shines with a luster that both blinds and awes anybody who happens to be watching, which is, you know, us. It’s a soundless place. So soundless that you can hear your own blood pumping, can monitor its progress through your veins. It’s a weird, vaguely creepy place. And it’s the setting for this Friday Fight Day. It’s the attack of the ages. Literally. Today, it’s Dystopian Vs. Steampunk. Both are sub-genres of speculative fiction, and both definitions rely heavily on the time period the book is set in. Dystopian taking place in the future, and Steampunk in the past, during the Victorian era. And since these time periods aren’t actually people, and can’t come to a physical ring, what better place for them then in a wormhole?

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN. 

So, what is Steampunk, exactly, and what is Dystopian? 

Steampunk: An alternate version of history set in the Victorian era (19th century) where 20th-century technology exists. 

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Dystopian: A futuristic novel, the opposite of a Utopia, where the characters live in an oppressive society that is usually controlled by some sort of all-wielding power holder, whether it be a corporation, a government, or totalitarian control.* 

It’s an interesting comparison between these two, because a big chunk of what they are is composed of the setting the author creates, with each new book creating a new take on the future or the past. In my opinion, the authors of dystopian works have more freedom in world-constructing, because we have no idea what the world could look like in ten years, much less two hundred, or ten hundred. That gives Dystopian writers the kind of creative licensing that fantasy authors also receive (and in some cases, are burdened by). Steampunk, on the other hand, already has a set period of time–the Victorian era. That means authors of this genre must do their research. If done well, they can succeed in creating a setting that is timelessly fascinating, and reel readers in with that perfect mix of reality and fiction. This gives them an outline of what their novel’s setting will look like, and allow them to add their own unique twists on the era that set their books apart from others.

And speaking of books, let’s compare a few from each genre.

Steampunk:

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare 

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Airman by Eoin Colfer 

Infernal Devices

 

Dystopian:

The Giver by Lois Lowry 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

1984 by George Orwell

And to finish the list, another one by aforementioned Scott Westerfeld: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 

The Hunger Games

Dystopian is very much the giant of the publishing industry right now, so many of the dystopian titles will be familiar to all. I do have to say I read Dystopian more, probably because it’s so prominent right now. It appeals to me because of the crisp world building, and the fact that, who knows, maybe one day these books could be more spot on than we know. That said, Steampunk has a lot to offer, too. I love reading them because I think the Victorian era offers a sort of romantic touch, and as an avid history aficionado, I like unfurling the hours of research put into these books. Really, both genres have the potential for greatness. To the pros and cons!

Pros of Dystopian

  • Complete freedom in world building
  • Great opportunity for social commentary
  • Countless different situations because nobody knows what the future holds
  • Yeah! Let’s fight against that oppressive government! Hooray for secret revolutionist groups!

Pros of Steampunk 

  • Historical background provides support and structure
  • The Victorian era kicks ass
  • Often holds hints of anti-authorital material that makes for an interesting read
  • Swoon for those Victorian men (Will, I’m looking at you. Just leave Jem with Tessa and come on over here.)

Cons of Dystopian 

  • So big in publishing right now, that the crash will inevitably come soon
  • Social commentary, if done wrong, can sound overly preachy
  • With so many different situations, so many books mirror another dystopian book down to the details. Hooray for the originality of some, boo for the copy cats

Cons of Steampunk 

  • If the history part has obviously not been researched at all, then the book usually sucks
  • Steampunk in itself is not a plot. That’s to say, some books focus so much on the history and the machinery that the plot is lacking
  • Manners, niceties, and uncomfortable dresses

So, with that said, who is to be crowned winner? 

Hmm, this a difficult decision to me, because although these sub-genres have a lot in common, they have a lot of differences, too, and a lot of the time it just depends on what mood I’m in that dictates which category I’d rather ead.

That said, I think I know who to crown the winner…

*Dun, dun, dun*

AND TODAY’S WINNER: DYSTOPIAN¬†

There’s just too many great books in this category for me to ignore. I only named a few up there, but that was forsaking classics such as the Supernaturalist and the City of Ember. Which, speaking of Supernaturalist…there’s another author (Eoin Colfer) who has written both a steampunk and a dystopian book. Coincidence…or something more?

In any case…

Who do you think deserved to win? Any suggestions for next week’s Friday Fight Day? Read any good Steampunk of Dystopian books lately? Favorite¬†snack food? (The last one has nothing to do with this post, but ya’ know,¬†whatever.)¬†

*For more information on Dystopian, a helpful site is ReadWriteThink.org.

 

 

Friday Fight Day: Attack of the Animals

The following exchange has been carefully translated from a forum between several of the most famous dogs and cats in literature. The arguments got quite ferocious to a point where I felt it necessary to give you a warning before you read the following: if you speak either dog or cat and are easily offended by either passive-agressiveness, lewd catchphrases, or constant swearing, skip over the following text. Thank you.

>*Woof* *Woof, woof* *Bark, bark, arooooooooo*

>*MEOW* *HISS* *HISSSSSS*

> *Aroo?* *Bark, bark, woolf*

> *Meoow. Meow. Meoow meow meow meow.* …. *hiss.*

> *Grrrrrr.*

> *Meow, son of a bitch.* …. *Meow, hehehe, purr. Literally. hehe. Er, too much human language. They’re onto us! Meow!*

(End of Exchange)

So, as you can clearly see, this is not only a battle that has raged on for ages, it’s a battle that can become as vicious as it is brutal. Luckily, you have me here to moderate the fighting. It’s going to be a clean one, you hear me? No claws! Anyways, let’s introduce today’s contestants.

*Dun, dun, dunnnnn*

On one side of the ring, we have:

The Cats

With those marble eyes, curling tails, and twitchy whiskers, these ferocious felines won’t back down until the world knows that they make the perfect pet in the world of books. To represent their culture, we invited three iconic cat examples¬†into the ring:

1. The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland¬†– creepy, crazy, mischievous, and aloof, this cat will make you want to dump his saucer of milk on top of his head, but not before you give him a good petting.

2. Angus from Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging –¬†an adorable monster sized cat who loves to taunt the neighbors, flirt with other cats, and drop mice onto your bed sheets, this cat will annoy others (including your parents) but will love you!

3. The Cat in the Hat – An anthropomorphized rendition of a cat, the Cat in the Hat has always scared me¬†more than he’s endeared me. But, he’s one of the most notorious cats around, and besides, he forged an invitation and stuffed the other cat into the closet. So…he’s here to stay.¬†

As the cats make their preening entrance, the lights go brighter on the other side, and to the blaring music of “Who Let the Dogs Out” our three counterparts make their entrance.

The Dogs

1. Tock from The Phantom Tollbooth¬†–¬†A self-proclaimed “watchdog” (because he’s a clock, hehe) this dog is a central part to the Phantom Tollbooth, one of the best children’s books around. He is sarcastic, protective, and one of the loyalest characters in the book.

2. Toto from The Wizard of Oz –¬†The cutest and fluffiest terrier this side of Kansas. He’s a faithful pal to Dorothy, and goes through all their obstacles without a sign of complaint, lending his strength to hers.

3. Cujo from Cujo –¬†Okay, okay, okay. So he killed a couple of people. But to be fair, it wasn’t him, it was the rabies, alright? Otherwise I’m sure he’d be a perfectly agreeable, fluffy little guy.

¬†First move goes to…the CAAAAAAAAATS. Please pick a representative to give a short statement about why your species is the species to be crowned winner!

<The Cats choose The Cat in the Hat to go up>

Cat in the Hat:

“People say dogs are a man’s best pal,

but listen up, you’re rather dull.

We cats we are so fun and sassy,

your only adventurer was Misses Lassie.”

<The Dogs choose Toto> 

“Since when is drinking milk and purring so impressive? You cats sit around and are of no help. In fact, you usually make times worse for those who need it most.¬†We dogs, on the other hand, have something to boast…and now your stupid rhyming is getting to me.”

<Angus comes up> 

“We might not be the most eager to please, but neither is your friend Cujo, and let’s not blame some disease.”

<Cujo>

“I eat cats like you for breakfast.”

<Angus>

“Bite me.”

<Tock>

“Cats are soooo original.”

…brief pause while everyone sorts themselves out. Everyone is given either some milk or a dog treat to calm back down…

Me: Now listen, folks, everyone knows that both cats and dogs are awesome creatures. That’s not what we’re arguing. We’re trying to find out who is the best companion! Let me sum up some points.

Benefits of Cats in Literature: They often provide comic relief, such as in the case of Angus in Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging (although the whole book is comic relief) and Fat Louie in the Princess Diaries. They are usually more mischievous than the dogs, more prone to cause trouble, and more likely to make the story interesting. They sauce things up!

Benefits of Dogs in Literature:¬†They are their archetype. They are portrayed as loyal, brave, and the perfect companion. They will stick by your side through the worst of times, just as they’ll be there to share the love in the best of times. They can be a bit stereotypical at times, but they’ll still stick with ya, always. Plus, they’re adorable!

Downsides of Cats:¬†The Cat in the Hat is horrendous. I do not know what he is. But he is ¬†terrifying. He haunts children’s dreams, I’m sure of it. Also, cats will often mislead people and throw them off the beaten path. And, there’s a reason Lassie and Old Yeller were dogs. Cats aren’t that selfless, you know?

Downsides of Dogs:¬†They aren’t as interesting as cats. They have their stock character, and don’t deviate that far from it unless they have a case of rabies or the like.

Now, after hearing from both sides, which side is to be crowned the winner?

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Today’s Friday Fight Day Winner has to be…

THE CATS 

I am so sorry, Belle (my dog). Although I am much more of a dog person in real life, cats as a companion in literature just has to be the winner today. While dogs are friendly and endearing and ridiculously accident prone, cats bring that vital spark into so many novels. They are fiercely independent, and so can come in and off the page when they feel like it, bringing that sauciness that so many books would suffer without.

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(My dog is very upset by this decision)

Soooo…what do¬†you think? Do you think the cats or the dogs should have been crowned winner of today’s Friday Fight Day? Give me your reasoning, and suggest topics for upcoming Friday Fight Days! As always, I appreciate you stopping by ūüôā¬†

 

Friday Fight Day: Duel of the Diaries

It’s that time. Or, rather, day. Friday (although barely–11:40 at the time of this post). And you know what that means. DUN DUN DUN.

It’s Friday Fight Day! Each Friday I chose two things (whether they be more broad concepts like last Friday’s Battle of the Bad Boys, or narrow items like this week’s battle) and make them clash it out. I then crown a winner, because I totally have that kind of power.

Today’s category is:¬†DUEL OF THE DIARIES: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson vs. The Princess Diaries¬†

Bum, bum, bum.

The lights dim to a dull glow. Action music starts up, audible but not overbearing. There is the feeling that something–something important–is about to happen. And then it happens.

To your left, a voice says, “There can only be one.”

In confusion, you stare into the near darkness. But the voice isn’t talking to you. Because in the next moment, someone else entirely responds, “You’re right. And that one is me.”

The lights go up, andddddddd on each side of the room, a book stands. To your left is the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series. To your right is the Princess Diaries series. They are both diaries, they are both hilarious, they both have endearing protagonists, and there can only be one to reign supreme.

LET’S DO THIS THANG.

Competitor 1: The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson is a ten book series that circles on the adventures, embarrassments, and romances of one Georgia Nicholson. Georgia is…rude, flighty, outrageous, hilarious, and strangely charming. Romance wise, she falls easily in love, and has trouble making a commitment, although that adds to her hilariosity.

Competitor 2: The Princess Diaries is also a ten series book, although it has multiple novellas to accompany it. This one has more of a set plot. It revolves around Mia Thermopolis, who one moment is an average (although oddly tall) freshman trying to make it through high school, and the next moment she is the heir to the throne of Genovia.

And here comes punch one. MC v. MC.

“You might be a princess,” Georgia says*. “But I don’t have to be special to be entertaining. I romp around having misadventures and dating different guys, and that’s all I need to be double cool with knobs. Now take your sorry Princeass¬†to an Agony Aunt.”

“Normally, I don’t like confrontation, but you asked for it. Just because you don’t have a plot, doesn’t make you special. And you don’t need to date a new boy each chapter to find true romance.”

Mia is shy, kind, prone to panic, loyal, and awkwardly adorable. She sucks at Algebra, is ace at writing, and hates confrontation.

Georgia is the opposite of shy. Bursting with excitement and a flair for life , Georgia is outrageous, sassy, indecisive, mischievous, and over dramatic.

Hmm. Two polarized personalities. But out of the two of them, I would have to say I like Mia a smidgen more. I may relate more to Georgia’s craziness, but I look up to Mia.

Friends into the ring (2 each): “I need backup!”

Confessions of Georgia

Confessions has a range of supporting characters that stick out. The Ace Gang are the friends I wish I had. For sake of time, I’ll only pick two, although the whole gang is awesome-saucem.

Jas:¬†Georgia’s best friend. The seriousness to Georgia’s spasticness, the two often fight, and since we are reading Georgia’s thoughts, we often see Jas as the annoying girl with the wonky fringe. Still, the book wouldn’t be the same without her.

Rosie: My favorite of the Ace Gang. Even more mad than Georgia, with a mischievous, fearless side that often gets Georgia and her into fantastic trouble.

Princess Diaries

The group of friends in the Princess Diaries is less cliquish than the Ace Gang, with new members being added to the circle, while other friends leave. Here are two notable friends.

Lily:¬†Oh, Lily. A bitch to the bone at some parts, but a really cool, quirky character at other times. As the little sister to Mia’s main man, even when Lily and Mia are fighting, Lily is still a part of Mia’s life, for good or bad.

Tina:¬†Obsessed with romance books, Tina only becomes friends with Mia after Mia becomes a princess and decides to talk to an equally isolated girl at school. The two hit it off, and Tina’s sweetness and over enthusiasm makes her a great addition to Mia’s friends.

While I appreciate the friends of both book series, I feel closer to the Ace Gang because of their absolute fabnosity. A solid hit to the Princess Diaries, unfortunately.

Boys in the House: A dash of romance

Oh, where to start with Confessions? Georgia is young and doesn’t know exactly what she wants, which means she ends up dating (or at least kissing) half the guys in the series. The three most notable ones, though, are the Sex God (Robbie), the Italian Stallion, and Dave the Laugh.

Dave the Laugh is by FAR my favorite of the three. He is hilarious, he is crush worthy, and he is the guy that I wish would fall of the pages and into my life. He’s always been a big crush of mine, because I can’t resist a guy who knows how to make me…well, laugh.

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Mia, on the other hand, is not as taken by her hormones as Georgia was. There are two main romances in the series: Michael Moscovitz and J.P. If you’ve read the series, you obviously know my favorite of the two, because who in their right mind would pick J.P. over Michael? No. Noooooo. NO. Does not happen.

Michael is sweet and smart, a great combination. He is also a musician, which is not a bad benefit. Although Mia and him go through a rough patch, he is ultimately there for her, and if Dave the Laugh isn’t around, then Michael would not be a bad replacement.

BUT, Dave the Laugh is around, and so Confessions has to win again on this one.

The Results

Wow. I was planning on doing some more categories, but I never realized how much I really ramble. So to save your poor eyes, we’re going to have to end it here.

In the Duel of the Diaries, I have to declare Confessions of Georgia Nicolson as my favorite. Although both are phenomenal series, I love to laugh, and Confessions makes me do just that on every single page.

Congratulations to the Ace Gang!

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If you’ve read both of these books, tell me which one you thought deserved to be crowned winner. And if you’ve read at least two books told in a diary format, tell me which one of them is the better of the two! Or if you have any suggestions for what next Friday’s Fight Day should be, let me know! Thanks for reading, and thanks for commenting! ūüėÄ

*Oh, by the way…both of these series make it onto my all time favorite list. So, if you haven’t read them, do just that.

*Georgia does not really say this. Just letting you know. I’ve stolen her voice for the moment. Muhahahaha.

 

Battle of the Bad Boys

Battle of the Bad Boys 

(Friday Fight Day) 

Damon vs. Stefan

If you’re anything like me, then you just can’t resist a ‘bad boy’ (in the book world, not real life). There’s something so frustratingly irresistible about that leather jacket and half-smirk. Young Adult authors must know this, because in no other book genre are bad boys so rampant than YA. But…why? Well, let’s look at the technical definition of a bad boy from the Oxford Dictionary.

Bad Boy: A man who does not conform to approved standards of behavior.

Well, that alone is enough to make a person in literature desirable. After all, YA books are often about finding personal identity, and pressing back against societal norms. Bad boys¬†do exactly this, although not always in the right way. Still, that spark of rebellion manages to ignite out James Dean fantasies…even more so because bad boys in books aren’t like bad boys in real life. When a guy is a jerk to you in real life, it means he’s a jerk and you should probably stay away. But a bad boy in a YA book looks at you with smoldering eyes, trying to hide just how much he loves you and wants to be loved in return. In the YA world, you *can* change him. It’s a fantasy that exists in reality, but only really applicable in fiction.

But today’s post is not to discuss the various pitfalls and merits of the bad boy archetype. No. It’s to pit the two types of bad boys against each other, compare each, and ultimately decide which one is the Smolder King. Now, you might be thinking, what types of bad boys am I talking about? Isn’t a bad boy a bad boy a bad boy? NO. Not to me, in any case. To me, there are two very distinct types of bad boys seen in novels, set apart from each other mainly through their coping mechanisms.

Enter the ring, Bad Boy 1: The Cold Brooder

Ah, yes. The Cold Brooder. This bad boy is embodied by figures such as Stefan from The Vampire Diaries, Edward from Twilight, and (to give a non-vampire example) John from Meg Cabot’s Abandon. This dude has seen a lot in his time, and as a result has become extremely guarded. Like, brick-wall-around-the-heart guarded. He usually seeks to protect the main character from himself by acting cold and aloof, but once he falls in love, his love is irrevocable. He will do anything to protect his love (and may be overprotective), although he’s over hurting other people for kicks. He has a past, yes, but he wants it to stay in the past. The Cold Brooder is silent, stoic, and serious.

Enter the ring, Bad Boy 2: The Smirker  

I was going to name Bad Boy 2 the Joker, but I thought that sounded too Batman-ish. So The Smirker it is. This bad boy is the opposite of the Cold Brooder. Although he, too, has a scarred past, he deals with it in a totally different way. Instead of sorrow and repentance, he brushes everything away like it means nothing to him, in the hopes that one day, it will. Stealing twice from The Vampire Diaries, we see Damon as a Smirker, as well as Jace from The Mortal Instrument series, and Stanton from The Daughters of the Moon¬†series. These types are slightly irresistible because they are naturally charismatic, have a sense of humor, and seem to be just¬†waiting for someone to change their rough-edged/evil ways. They aren’t as morally focused as the Cold Brooder, but with the right leading lady, that can change.

Pros of the Cold Brooder: 

  • Mysterious
  • Passionate
  • Protective
  • He may be a ‘bad boy’ but he’s not evil…anymore, at least.
  • Romantic

Cons of the Cold Brooder:

  • Takes effort to get him to open up.
  • Sometimes¬†too¬†protective (I’m looking at you Edward).
  • That moral compass can be exhausting.
  • You don’t always want to talk about the meaning of life and love. Come on, lighten up a little!

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Pros of the Smirker:

  • ¬†Charming¬†
  • Sense of humor
  • Witty
  • Is more than often described with smoldering eyes and that adorable smile.
  • He is sarcastic and alluring on the outside, but on the inside he just wants a little love.

Cons of the Smirker: 

  • Takes sarcasm to the point of being an ass.
  • Less willing to reform than the Cold Brooder. The Smirker might not want to let you in.
  • Often starts out evil or with no moral idea of right and wrong. Change is a gradual thing.
  • It’s very possible he will drive you crazy before your happy ending.

While obviously each trope has their own faults, I’d have to say that my ideal bad boy would have to be the…drum roll, please…Smirker. I can never resist a laugh, after all, even if the chuckles come with some dangerous additions. The Cold Brooder can go woo some other girl with endless talks of love and life. Damon, on the other hand, is free to come calling anytime he likes.

What about you? Do you prefer the Smirker or the Bad Boy, and why? Comment below! 

For a brief list of some very different bad boys to check out, refer below:

The Cold Brooder: Stefan from the Vampire Diaries, John from Abandon, Delos from The Night World series, Edward from Twilight, Will from The Infernal Devices, Dmitri from The Vampire Academy series. 

The Smirker: Damon from The Vampire Diaries, Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series, Jace from The Mortal Instrument Series, Stanton from Daughters of the Moon, Ash from The Night World series, Patch Cipriano from Hush Hush.