Well, I'm not even sure if that's true, because I've never actually tried to be bad. It's just not in my DNA.
Make no mistake, back in high school there were lots of temptations, some of which I've written about here on Honestly YA, like this choice episode. But in retrospect, even those uh, mishaps, weren't all that naughty. And most of the boys I ended up tangling with where pretty decent guys on the whole. Nice guys. Good guys. The kind of guys who stopped when you asked them to, even after they'd had a few beers themselves.
And now that I think about it, most of them were soccer players. Though I'm not sure whether that means anything.
But maybe it does. None of them were delinquents. They all had after school jobs or extracurricular activities that kept them out of trouble. And, despite the fact that I grew up on Long Island in the 80s, none of them drove a Trans Am.
So I stuck to the Good Boys. Even in my entertainment choices. This guy?
And this guy?
Even Danny Zucko was gross with all that Vitalis or whatever it was in his hair. And let's be honest, he wasn't exactly the brightest halogen in the lamp.
One Bad Boy captured my heart on film and then tragically, crushed it in real life.
Sadly, when it mattered most, no one caught him before he fell. And there were so many movies he didn't make. Loves he never had. Which just makes me sad. For him and for all of us because of all the great performances we never got to experience.
Maybe if he'd been one of those Good Boys he'd still be among us. But I'm guessing he wouldn't have been nearly as appealing.
So, here's to the one Bad Boy who managed to thaw my uptight, Good Girl's heart. I hope they've got a movie studio in heaven and that your name's at the top of every marquee.
So what about you, readers? Who's your favorite cinematic Bad Boy? Did River do it for you, too, or is there another boy out there destined to break your heart?
Lea Nolan is the author of Conjure and Allure the first two books in the Hoodoo Apprentice Series. The final installment, Illusion, will release in 2014. Chat her up on Twitter or on Facebook.