Date: 2007-09-30 03:19 am (UTC)
In Western Romance books? Are you kidding?

This is totally a known pattern in them, although some say it may be getting less, because more and more women, like you, are getting tired of this kind of man. In fact, they even do refer to such characters as "Alphas" within the romance book fandom.

As to whether this guy exists: well, isn't in that situation the point kind of moot? You're saying that this is a fantasy, so they aren't trying to write him realistically. I think if you tried looking for this character in realistic fiction the authorial viewpoint would be extremely critical, like it would be a story about domestic violence/abusive, unhealthy dysfunctional relationships, or the sort where the other person says "counseling or divorce," or an uplifting story about the other person leaving the Alpha Bastard and Finding Themselves and Realizing That They Don't Have to Put Up With That because they have Self Worth.

(BTW, people argue about this in romance fandom all the time, I am told)
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