Dragons in fiction have evolved in the way of vampires, supernatural villains that once threatened and preyed upon maidens have become the heroes of paranormal romance. While a fantasy realm might seem like a draconian hero's natural habitat, there's an abundance of shapeshifting dragon aliens. What's up with that?
After categorizing the heroes and heroines from 33 science fiction romances, I matched them up to see if any of the archetypes paired up more frequently than others and came up with 6 archetype pairings.
6 Common Male Archetypes: Beast, Charmer, Neanderthal, Ruler, Second Son, and Slave/Prisoner of War
7 Common Female Archetypes: Damsel in Distress, Rescued Damsel, Earth Mother, Female Warrior, Goody Two Shoes, Translator, and Wanderer
When a writer creates a hero that's too many things, she has to fill the reader's expectations for that hero, plot-wise and romance-wise. Juggling too many and fitting them all in one book is difficult—though not impossible—and makes the story and the hero seem over the top.
Horns, Tails, Inhuman Eyes…and a Penis that does what? Scales of alien physicality and unusual sexuality in Science Fiction Romance.