Greetings, Champions! I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day, and got a chance to vote in the Hero Poll! Today marks the launch of the second part of the poll, but first, the results!
There were 1,036 votes total–which means approximately 340 of you participated in the poll! The results are….
- Stil of Rumpelstiltskin is reigning champion with 181 votes!
- Farrin of the Snow Queen books was an upset with 144 votes
- Merlin of King Arthurs AND Friedrich of Cinderella tied with 105 votes
- Next Captain Arion led the charge with 95 votes
- Asher and Aaron of Life Reader were a surprise with 87 votes
- Azmaveth of Princess Ahira with 61 votes
- Devin of the MBRC with 41 votes
- Falk of Wild Swans with 40 votes
The rest of the boys all received less than 40 votes. I will admit, I am VERY surprised by the rankings! (For those who are participating for the first time, usually I tried to match up similar personalities–Like Friedrich and Asher & Aaron–so the poll wouldn’t be so HUGE.) Splitting the pairs up made a huge difference. For instance, Stil has been the leader since his book launched, but the entry of Friedrich and the twins and the entry of Prince Severin of BB and Arion of Red Rope were always in second and third place. I assumed Friedrich alone carried the twins, and Severin was more popular than Arion, but the twins proved their popularity, and apparently Arion actually was the lure for Severin–who only had 30 votes this year.
I was also surprised that only four of the fairy tale heroes made the top nine entries. You might think that’s reasonable given that it’s almost half, but there are far more fairy tale heroes than there are heroes from my other books, so it did come as a shock that my other books (which don’t sell as well) are just as appreciated!
I did want to add that I thought it was really sweet some of you wrote in my heroines for the poll–Odette, Britt, and Briar. (Technically this was the “main male protagonist popularity poll,” but that didn’t fit very well on the banner, so it got shortened to ‘hero.’ This summer the gals will have their chance too as they’re going to get a popularity poll as well!)
Now comes Round 2!
I want to know what kind of male archtype/heroes you would like to see in future books! I can’t make any promises that I’ll use the suggested characters because depending on the book/adventure/heroine, the winning archtype might not work. But even so I still appreciate your input because I use this poll to take your pulse, so to speak, so I can see what sort of male protags are popular, and make my plans accordingly.
I gathered a bunch of ideas from you guys–and from Facebook–but I threw in a few archtypes that weren’t mentioned as well. The rules are the same–you get to cast your ballot once, but you can vote for three archtypes. The poll will close March 2, so you’ve got two weeks! Here’s the link!
Thank you to everyone who voted–both in Round 1 and Round 2 of the poll! I appreciate your input and, to be frank, it’s also just a lot of fun to put on. Thanks for reading, Champions, and may the best man win!