P – As a Romance writer P has to be for Pirates

P for Pirate Romance
P for Pirate Romance

Why are pirates so popular in romantic fiction? In reality he would make the worse boyfriend or husband but somehow many fantasize taming this ultimate bad boy. To be that woman he passionately loves above all else, gives up his ways. Well the ones she wants him to give up anyway.

Pirates have been around as long as humans have kept histories. If there is a wealthy establishment to rob from and  freedom to be had pirates will be on a ship. For romance, the pirates might have stolen the …uh hearts of maidens heavily in the 90s.

1989 A Pirate's Pleasure. Heather Graham
1989 A Pirate’s Pleasure. Heather Graham

The first pirate I remember falling hard  for was James Malory in Johanna Lindsey’s, A Gentle Rogue

First Pirate love. A Gentle Rogue, Johanna Lindsey. 1990
First Pirate love. A Gentle Rogue, Johanna Lindsey. 1990

Yes that is Fabio.

Not really how I see James, but in the 90s you couldn’t avoid the long haired broad chested model.

Lindsay made a living with the Mallory men and women.

A Pirates Love Johanna Lindsey 1996
A Pirates Love Johanna Lindsey 1996

 

Promised to a Rogue
Promised to a Rogue
Stormy Persuasion-2008 Johanna Lindsey
Stormy Persuasion-2008
Johanna Lindsey

My favorite might be the one where Lindsay turned the tables and put the heroine as the pirate and what does she do? Tie him to the mast. LOL

The pirate is a lady in the 2008 Captive of my Desire by  Johanna Lindsay
The pirate is a lady in the 2008 Captive of my Desire by Johanna Lindsay

You might be wondering why Lindsey’s pirates have shirts, but none of them are buttoned. The lady pirate took the shirt off of her man before she tied him to the mast. The other guys are smart enough to protect their shoulders from the sun, but leave them open so the salty breeze can cool their hot skin. Makes sense, right?

So from novels, movies started changing the way we look at pirates…well, maybe Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow has a great deal to do with that…

Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean.

My new favorite pirate is Captain Hook in Once Upon A Time. The pirate can be the hero!

Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook.  Once Upon A Time
Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Hook.
Once Upon A Time
Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook.  Once Upon A Time
Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Hook.
Once Upon A Time
Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook.  Once Upon A Time
Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Hook.
Once Upon A Time

The twist is Pan is the bad guy…really bad. 0

Peter Pan and Captain Hook - Who is really the bad guy?
Peter Pan and Captain Hook – Who is really the bad guy?
How about Dustin Hoffman's Captain Hook?
How about Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook?
So are you a traditional Hook fan?
So are you a traditional Hook fan?

Soon a new pirate movie will be hitting theaters, the untold story of how Captain Hook came to be…Hugh Jackman…Yes, my all  Hugh Jackman will be Blackbeard. Do you remember a while back when he was sporting a weird beard and bald head? It was for this role. 

Captian Blackbeard Hugh Jackman in Pan
Captain Blackbeard Hugh Jackman in Pan

So I think I have spent enough time thinking about pirates…do you like them or do you prefer another type of hero…cowboy, rich businessman, guy next door, athlete,  doctor, fire fighter, lawman, soldier…so many to pick from. What about twisting old stories upside down? Do you appreciate the creativity or want things to stay the same…DON”T MESS WITH MY HEROES!

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  1. lancequadras

    Yes, there are so many different ways the pirates have been portrayed. Now Johnny Depp has made it like his trademark cos whenever you think of a pirate you now think of the famous Jack Sparrow. Also i am looking forward to Hugh Jackman and his role as the blackbeard.
    Have a nice day!!

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