Lions–Archetypes for Romantic Heroes?
Posted by Guest Nov 24 2008, 5:09 am
By KJ Howe
Magnetic eyes, a powerful roar, and the ability to leave females weak in the knees…lions have a lot in common with romantic heroes. I became fascinated with lions during my recent trips to Kenya and South Africa. Our guide spent hours scouring the grasslands searching for evidence that the lions had been nearby. And we found two males resting after gorging on a wildebeest. It wasn’t until later that I discovered these similarities between male lions and heroes:
Both skyrocket women’s heart rates to well over 200—in this case, the lion wins hands down. I was twenty feet away from them in an open truck and I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest!
Both have mesmerizing eyes that you can get lost in. Those golden eyes remind me of Spanish conquistadors.
Both have great manes…I mean, isn’t hair one of the things that drive women wild?
Both have healthy sex drives when they are interested in reproduction—lions may copulate between twenty and forty times a day during a mating bout.
Both have powerful legs, a strong jaw, and a short attention span. Trust me, you never want to see them yawn!
Both have a healthy dose of testosterone when it comes to protecting their territory/women.
Both have healthy appetites and they generally like to prowl at night.
Both romantic heroes and lions don’t mind letting women do the heavy lifting when it comes to meal preparation. After all, lionesses do the majority of the hunting for their pride and lions just enjoy the results.
Both have bodies that won’t stop. Large male lions can weigh over 550lbs and none of their bulk is fat.
Both are vulnerable species…lions have had an irreversible population decline of 30-50% over the past two decades. How can we stop romantic heroes from becoming extinct???
The bottom line is romantic heroes and lions share many traits. Picture yourself as a heroine in a romantic novel. What are some of the animalistic qualities men possess that would appeal to you?
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