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Let’s talk heroines: the good, the bad and the TSTL (Too Stupid To Live).
Heroines are hard for me. Even though I’m female, I identify more with the heroes in my books than the heroines. But there are a few heroines (in books, TV or movies) that I can always get behind. The ones who try hard to do the right thing.
Some of the good heroines:
- Eve Dallas from the J.D. Robb books
- Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the series, not the movie)
- Judith Hampton from Julie Garwood’s The Secret
- Maggie Concannon from Born In Fire by Nora Roberts
- Aislinn from The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Good heroines do what needs to be done, no matter what it costs them. They are women you admire.
Bad heroines are the ones who are too concerned with themselves to truly share in the love story you’re reading. They are unsympathetic people who you actively dislike and would never hang out with if they were real, the ones who make you wonder what the hero sees in them. (No examples here because I’ve purged them from my memory. Bleh!)
And TSTL? There are dozens of those. These are the heroines whose decisions make no sense. They run out into gunfire after the hero tells them to stay put. They go down in the basement with no light on when they know a serial killer is on the loose. They think they can handle everything, only to fall on their butts (or trip over a tree root running through the forest in their nightclothes in the middle of the night). They’re the ones who believe the Jealous Other Woman’s lame story that the hero really loves her, at which point they run away to nurse their broken hearts. Or quit their jobs because the hero is the boss. Or shoot themselves in the foot in some other dramatic, emotional way. They’re the ones who make you throw the book against the wall.
What are your thoughts on romance heroines? Who are your favorites? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist!