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Why We Love Pirates
by Shana Galen
First of all, I want to say a big thank you to Night Owl for having me here today. I always enjoy stopping by and interacting with readers.
If you think about it, there’s really no reason we should love pirates. After all, pirates are the bad guys. I saw a news story recently about Somali pirates attacking a Spanish warship. The Somalis lost, and I wasn’t sad. I don’t want the Somali pirates to take hold of a Spanish warship. The idea is terrifying. I imagine the same could be said for people living two hundred or more years ago. The very mention of pirates probably made gentlemen curse and ladies swoon—and not from lust or passion!
The heroine of my new book The Rogue Pirate’s Bride doesn’t swoon when she hears about pirates. She’s the daughter of a British admiral, and she’s grown up on ships. Raeven Russell hates pirates, especially Captain Cutlass. He killed her fiancé.
See? Pirates are not nice. They kill people. They steal. They make people walk the plank.
And pirates are the ultimate bad boy.
Let’s take Bastien (AKA Captain Cutlass), my hero in The Rogue Pirate’s Bride. He’s not such a bad guy. He’s not even a pirate. He says he’s a privateer, though Raeven makes no distinction. He has done some pilfering. He’s attacked a ship here and there. And yes, he was responsible for Raeven’s fiancé’s death. But he has a good explanation! Obviously, I’m totally biased in favor of Bastien. I have to admit, he charmed me. But then again, I’m easy to charm. I’ve always wanted to write a book with a pirate hero.
So why do we love pirates? The truth is we don’t.
We don’t love the reality of the pirate. We love the idea. We love the image our mind conjures when we daydream about a pirate. You know the one I mean. There he is, standing at the helm of his ship. The wind blows through his hair. His white shirt is blown open by the breeze and shows a bronzed, sculpted chest. His breeches are tight. His boots are high and glossy. He’s powerful. He’s rugged. He’s charmingly debauched.
The image conveys several key components that make pirates irresistible. First of all, they are leaders. They command a ship and a crew. They give orders, not take them. They are decisive, intelligent, and take-charge. Women don’t fantasize about lackeys and yes-men. We like the kings, the generals, the captains.
Pirates are independent. They aren’t bound by conventions and rules. They make their own rules. They are free to sail wherever they want—wherever the wind takes them. They make their own destinies. In our real lives we have obligations and responsibilities. Who doesn’t fantasize after a hard day about a life where we could do whatever we wanted? Maybe lie about in the sun, listening to the waves slap against the hull of a ship, feel the breeze in our hair? It’s an appealing daydream on occasion.
Finally, pirates are powerful. Why do we love a guy on a motorcycle or a knight on a destrier or a billionaire tycoon? Because they are all at the helm of a powerful machine—whether it be made of steel, horseflesh, or stock options. Pirates are the same. They control fast ships, loaded with cannons and ruffians. They decide who lives and who dies among their crew and among the men of the ships they capture. If they’re successful at plundering ships, they might be very wealthy indeed. Power is appealing because power equals security. A man with power is a man who can protect, and even though we are all very independent modern women, sometimes it’s nice to know some else has your back.
So what about you? Why do you think those bad boy pirates are so appealing? I’ll be checking in all day to read and respond to comments.
THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2012
Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything…
Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood…
Forgiveness is unthinkable, but may be her only hope…
British Admiral’s daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé’s death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she’s not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shana Galen is the author of five Regency historicals, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, and the Netherlands and featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She is a happily married wife and mother of a daughter and a spoiled cat and lives in Houston, Texas, where she is working on her next regency romance series! For more information please visit www.shanagalen.com, like her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.
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