I get the notion that the more trouble Prince Harry get’s himself in the more female interest he stirs up. What is it about bad boys that seem to catch most of us girls every time? Is it that mischievous twinkle in their eye? The perpetual grin, as if they’re always suppressing laughter from a naughty joke? Or maybe it’s just that “Anything Goes,” Sinatra-like coolness they bring to the air? It seems to be an inherent trait that many of us good-girl types, especially those who work hard to stay on task and maintain order, fall for such guys time, and time again. The phrase itself even rings with some kind of enchanted and romanticized glamour in a girl’s ear - bad boys.
Maybe we’ve been brought up watching too many movies where the leading man is often the rebel boy, who winds up having a soul and good intentions and being everything you want him to be by the end of the film (if you haven’t noticed yet, I tend to blame films for most of my warped issue growing up because I was, ok - I am, entirely too engrossed in them.) In many shows and films this kind of character always manages to somehow transform his bad-self to good, always leading to this happily ever after, crazy love story that is imprinted in our brains like a drug. Maybe we somehow correlate this in our heads with hopes of these formulated pretty endings in sight. But it’s unlikely. Sometime bad looks good. Sometimes a girl takes notice of the bad boys due to what one study calls the dark triad of traits - narcissism, thrill-seeking and deceitfulness.Only most of us ladies like to interpret these three traits as self-confident, adventurous and intelligent. It helps us feel like our interests are more sensible and it just sounds like something our Dad’s would approve of opposed to the latter, doesn’t it?
I’ve been this good girl on more occasions than I wish to recall. Even for as “unoccasional”, if you will, as my dating relationships have been, more have had that bad boy streak that was somewhat of the initial attraction for me. Of course at the start of the relationships they always seemed be at that place where they were deciding to “get things straightened out.” You’ve seen it. All of the sudden they’re ready to turn a new leaf and somehow you’re the girl that’s gonna be some kind of good-luck charm to help them get things right - for a short while. Let’s just say, girls can’t change a guy (obviously) and guys can’t always change for a girl. It’s a novel idea though - literally.
Most of us good girls, and women (you’d think it’d wear off at some point) don’t go hounding around or at least never intend to fall for this type. He’s not the guy you visualize yourself marrying necessarily. He’s not the guy you can picture helping with the dishes or playing outside with your future kids or even being so charming as to bring flowers to your door, or (gasp) maybe knock on your door to begin with, but I guess most girls aren’t asking for that anymore anyhow.
Likely most females, American ones at least, probably never took much noticed to Prince Harry until his bad boy image began to evolve. Most Gosling-like characters probably wouldn’t be such a national marvel if it weren’t for the hazardous gleam in their eyes that says they’re up to no good. I’m not sure why the James Bond (or we’ll just say Daniel Craig) characters make women swoon or why Walter White and Jesse Pinkman are better looking with each “Breaking Bad”-der season. When you’re a young girl I guess you don’t always consider the inevitable. Not to say that this image doesn’t hold any appeal as you age, but at some point we’ve got to keep our heads screwed on. From whatever angle you’re looking at this dark triad you are guaranteed one thing with bad boys: It’s spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. Of this I’m quite certain.