You know it. Whenever you start a shoujo manga, and you get introduced to some rich, arrogant and perfect prince (of the school), someone the heroine either hates or admires, that she is ultimately going to end up with him. It doesn’t matter how many nice-guy-rivals there are to obstruct their dramatic romance. Haughty guys gets the girl any day.
There’s a simple reason for this: WE NEED A STORY, DUH!!! If the girl gets together with a nice guy and they start an ideal and peaceful relationship, how’s our story going to develop?! Sure, there might be circumstances that break them apart, but since the guy is so nice, he’ll solve all the problems, comfort and love the girl, and the conflict is easily resolved. We can’t have such a simplistic story– readers want more. They need excitement, they need to get their emotions messed up and get caught up in the riveting plot.
So we have the sadistic and unyielding prince. The one who rejects all, the one who is unattainable, the one who causes much hurt to the heroine. Also the one who shyly loves her, protects her at all the right situations, and slowly opens up to her. It’s a gradual and tender process, and we watch carefully as they tread closer to each other. Because our prince is extremely flawed, he makes a lot of mistakes, which puts forgiveness and trust on the line, and makes the couple’s relationship much closer when everything blows over.
The sheer amount of character development spent on these characters already make them worthy, intriguing characters, and more realistic with their flaws. It’s certainly more romantic and heart-pounding to watch the calm honor student get mad with desperation when he can’t find the girl, or watching him angrily holding his indignation, acting nonchalant, when she goes off with another guy. It’s all these cute details that matter.
And the handsomeness/smartness/richness just adds on to the package. A perfect example of what these character look like would be…
Yup! So it’s always the flawed characters that make everything more interesting. Heartbreaks are nearly always guaranteed, which makes us hooked onto the plot because we need to see the girl stand up again. And seeing a little nice boy under that tough guy exterior would make anyone smile. That’s why jerks are needed. Girl’s aren’t masochists. But that’s also why I think that nigahiga is wrong. Nice guys won’t finish last in real life. Because few of us are as strong-willed as the heroines in anime, and we’d only take that much bullshit from a guy before giving up.
Oh yeah I’m gonna recommend this shoujo, it’s called Absolute Witch. It’s pretty darn good, and I read all 12 volumes in one sitting, which is…. rare. The genres of this manhwa are all so tempting already. Adventure, comedy, drama, fantasy, historical, romance, shoujo, supernatural. EXACTLY MY TYPE OF SHOUJO! I absolutely love historical stories because the art is always so classy and unique!
So.. the story has something to do with witches, and i’ll not spoil further (stop reading now if you’re going to read the manhwa!), but I bet you can guess who she ends up with since I recommended this in this post. The guy’s not that arrogant though. He’s not exactly a jerk, and I liked him a lot!
Don’t do stupid crap to my kiddo.
I hereby vote that as the most romantic sentence of the year. You have got to give Absolute Witch a shot.
Shoujo is addictive.