Scenario #1: The Alpha “Average Guy” Problem.
Protagonist: Average guy. A little nerdy, fun, nice, but nothing special. Likes computers and video games. Generally decent person but doofy. Alpha NT.
Love interest: Beautiful woman. Too good for him. Two personalities are possible here.
- Motherly, kind, giving Alpha SF who challenges him to be a better human.
- Princessy, wild Ne lead who engages flights of fancy and inspires him, but can’t be tied down. Dreamy.
Story goes one of two ways:
- Protagonist individuates through specific feats. May include beating up jocks, heroic acts, doing kind things for others, self-sacrifice, getting out of his head into his body, accomplishing something specific, saving children. Woman who was once ‘too good for him’ finally falls in love with him.
- Exactly the same plot, except there’s a Gamma SF “dark, sensual temptress” with cigarettes and blood in her mouth, and black leather boots, tempting him. In the end, he resists this temptation in order to be loyal to the “Good” Alpha woman.
Now, allow me to decode this lie.
- The “Average Guy” myth.
Some Alpha NT’s may believe they are the “average guy,” and this concept may really ring true for them. However there are lots of other guys who are just as common.
- The “All men like Certain types of women” myth.
Since the Protagonist is not “average” more than any other type of guy, the type of woman he wants is also not more desirable to the average man than any other type of woman.
- The “Madonna vs. Whore” myth.
Most women are a mixture of both. We are biologically programmed to love, to enjoy sex and to procreate; and as a species we are programmed to think and develop our own interests.
- The “Guy has to win over a woman” myth.
Some women know what they want and can’t be “won over.” Also, women have to better themselves to be deserving of good men, too. We all need to individuate.
The bottom line: There’s nothing essentially wrong with this narrative – in fiction or reality – as long as it is understood as one type of narrative among many. There’s nothing “average” about it. It’s just one story.