Happy Thursday, everyone!
This week (and every other one) just keeps flying by and here we are back on Thursday for some of my favorite time in the week (okay, yes, my life is pretty pathetic, but I like writing this blog post a lot even though I feel like I’m talking to a mostly empty room these days. HINT – I LIKE COMMENTS).
A couple weeks back we talked about heroes. So it’s only fair we give the ladies a chance to be talked about. After all, what would there be in romance without the heroine (or if there’s a different term in male/male romances, whatever that term would be).
I’m torn on what my favorite heroines are these days. I certainly like kick-butt heroines (Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison’s The Hallows series leaps to mind even if that’s Urban Fantasy rather than romance). I also like the sweet librarian type, shy and unassuming until a man swoops in.
For the most part, I don’t like whiny, annoying heroines (and in this aspect, sorry guys, but I am specifically referencing a certain very popular YA vampire series which had a series of blockbuster movies associated with it that I despised and couldn’t get past the first book of and only watched the first movie long enough to see the “hero” vampire sparkle). However, if they demonstrate genuine growth over the book, assuming I can get through the book, it’s quite possible I’ll grow to like them. (that did not happen in the aforementioned sparkling vampire book)
For the most part, I’m easy-going. I’m much more likely to pitch a book because I find the writing horrible.
I have trouble identifying with uber-fashion-conscious heroines, or who must spend hours putting on their make-up to get ready for a date. That’s just me though and it’s a life-long thing. I know this because I have a very clear memory of reading a Harlequin Presents (late 80′s/early 90′s) where a girl gets ready for a date, make-up and all. Man picks her up and takes her to a restaurant. She immediately goes from the car to the bathroom to “repair the ravages of the car ride to her make-up”. I kid you not. 30 minutes in a car, no petting/smooching, and she had to repair her make-up. I remember flipping back several pages to make sure I hadn’t missed something because I didn’t (and still don’t) get what could have happened to her make-up in 30 minutes when no one had touched her. If anyone has some ideas, please let me know.
So, here we go. What do you like to see in your heroines, and/or alternatively, what DON’T you like in a heroine?
Please please please comment. I like conversations!