In Threads like this, I see a number of women and female characters find Zevran attractive, when I mistakenly figured his primary vibe would be 'sleazy.'
I do understand that preferences vary, and that men don't always understand what women like, even when they think they do. And I hear this, too:
But the instant, perpetual, and indiscriminate interest in bedding everyone seems a poor formula for making the main character feel valued.
And anyone who thinks a guy is sleazy just because he hits on you immediately hasn't known too many guys!
He reminds me of a high-school friend whose similar good traits - a sense of a humor and delicate good looks - were overshadowed by his habit of lobbing compliments too clunky to disguise their sexual intent. Girls looked at him like a dog in need of neutering.
Oddly, that same friend is now staggeringly successful as a flirt with nearly the opposite approach, a tendency toward Morrigan-like challenges. Not all women want the same thing, of course, but I believe he never found any who liked his eager-beaver style... the same one employed by Zevran.
I'm a writer, and I've misread him. I missed an appeal Zevran must have, and I'd like to understand it better. What makes him click with you, if he does?
Edited by CBGB, 29 December 2009 - 10:45 PM.