I don't think she could pull off a male lead. Her men are all 1) idealized female fantasies, like Nate (the perfect domestic man), Micah (the perfectly understanding man who never gets upset), Jean-Claude (the sexy mystery man), Richard (the boyscout with the body of an chippendale), Jason (the sexy boy next door) etc. or 2) sterotypical men with guns-- Edward is pretty much a sterotypical shooter video game "hero," while the police/security are almost always baffoons with army haircuts and guns. For me, the closest she came to a realistic male character would be early book Larry or Zelwinsky (spelled wrong), but I really doubt she would pick someone with either of their personalities to make her protagonist.
I think at one point she could've achieved a male lead character, but I agree... she's too into pleasing herself more than anyone else and her idea of male characters would pretty much be irritating as a lead character.
Hm... maybe she's working on an Edward spinoff series? Who wants to bet that the main character of the new series is just a carbon copy of Edward?
Off the top of my head the three main UF male leads I can think of are Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim, Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros and Simon R Green's John Taylor. I can't imagine LKH writing a character half as good as any of them. I can't see her having the imagination to come up with a storyline that doesn't mirror Anita. And can you imagine her writing a male character that was truely a bad ass? One that might be considered better than Anita? So not going to happen.
I was thinking of an Edward clone. Trouble is, Edward is only as good as he is because she doesn't fool around with him characterwise as much. If she had to write Edward as the main character he would probably fall apart and become a Micah clone.
Her imagination has died a slow painful death and I don't think she can resusitate it or get a viable transplant.
I have heard rumors the Moose has sublet its part of lala's brain and is making plans to move back to Canada. It has met a nice moose online and the are talking calves for next spring. The Moose has been heard to say that the prospect of hunters, hungry wolves, and hoof-numbingly cold winters are nothing compared to what it is living with now.
I could see the early killer Edward brought up to the point where he married - there's something intriguing about an insane killer who goes home to the wife and kiddies in his down time. But what would she do with a happily married monogamous protagonist?
Larry might be a good protagonist also as a spinoff. Follow him through from his first meeting with Anita, his marriage and up to the point where he shoots Anita because she's become one of the monsters? It would take a deft touch to show the gradual change from hero worship to disillusionment and, finally, to determination but it could be fascinating.
I've read a few UF featuring males, but not liked them. I guess part of the thing I like is seeing the character hook up with paranomral dudes, and and vice versa, is somehow less entertaining. Tried the Iron Druid series that lots of people like, and disliked it, also didn't much care for dresden.
I suppose I would like UF if the main character was a gay or bi, because at least there would still be hot men. Yes, hopelessly shallow I know.. But I'm not overly interested in reading about female love interests and wooing them.
So glad I wasn't drinking anything when I got to the 2 liter bottle comment. Best comment ever!! Keri Arthur has already done the were-stallion bit and did a very good job with it. I don't hold out hope of LKH doing it nearly as well.
I just realized something. I want his book to be good. I want it to stir LKH's creative juices and get her away from the andro 80s hair band sex addict trope. I want her to write a kick as book about a (male) demon escaping from hades and trying to overcome his nature and fight for the side of angels. Or a space alien who is secretly manipulating the Rosewell project. Or a boy scout troop leader who discovers mermaids are real. Or or or. I'd deal with the lack of editing, the repetition and the continuity errors if I could read a book where she gave it her all and succeeded.
Oddly the fact that LKH failed with merry gives me a faint glimmer of hope
I was thinking this....you know that the lead is going to be hunchbacked right?
Think about it. Long hair down to his ankles....and a shlong bigger than his leg? He's going ot have to bend over half of his body in order to remain standing up. Otherwise, he'll fall over, like a tripod that is on uneven ground.
What kind of profession? Not a necromancer nor a fairy prince (although the title Wang Fu the Fairy Prince just begs for a book).
I'm guessing he will be a cop since LKH loves to boast of her police connections. Let's say he mets an evil blond female vampire....no, no, let's make that an evil blond male vampire who will try to turn poor widdle Wang Fu Guy. That way LKH can have her new hero angst about evil blinds and about how haters look down on him because of both his connection to monsters and his perceived love life.