Monday, April 4, 2011

Take it off!

I've read quite a few YA books where the female protaganist cuts herself and the male protagonist doesn't hesitate to tear his shirt off to bind the wound. Talking with my husband I asked him, "If we were in the middle of nowhere and I cut my arm, what would you do?" He said he would tear a piece of his shirt off, a sleeve or the bottom, but not the whole thing.

So I think this is just a clever way to get the male love interest half-naked, but it's starting to become a little cliche, so how else can we get a guy's shirt off? What would you like to see? (Besides a little more fictional skin?)




Any other ideas? Post them in the comments. Whatever gets the most votes I'm using in my next manuscript.

2 comments:

jjdebenedictis said...

As an aside, if someone was SPURTING, I would totally yank my shirt off to get that under control fast. Because hey, I wear a bra; I can be dramatically and unabashedly heroic too.

Re: Getting the hero nekkid
I once saw a movie via Mystery Science Theatre 3000, i.e. a dreadfully bad movie, where the hero's shirt flies off during a fight.

And-and-and I can't even describe just how funny it was. They obviously used strings to make it FLY like a GRACEFUL SWALLOW away from his well-oiled torso.

So what I'm saying is that last option in your poll should only be used with care and an attention to verisimilitude. Believable shirt-ripping is an exacting science.

Rachel Menard said...

I used to love MST 3K, but I'm afraid I missed that one, and even though I did, I can picture it from your description and am cracking up! This of course makes me think of velco-release pants which could always be another option.