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Monday, October 24, 2011
Monday Spotlight: Denyse Bridger
That got me to thinking about the perception we have of our heroines. We spend so much time focusing on our heroes that we often overlook the kind of woman we expect these wondering men to fall in love with and cherish. So, the question would be, what makes a good heroine, in your opinion? We tend to be very, very critical of heroines, much more so than the heroes. My theory is that we want to identify with the heroine so we can love the hero through her. She tends to be the focus of our dissatisfaction when we read a book that we don’t like very much.
So, in my opinion, a good heroine is not someone who is remotely perfect. I don’t often describe my heroines in more than passing terms, that keeps them accessible to everyone. Large, small, smarter than average, poor, rich–there has to be something that makes us want to be her–something more than the fact that the hero would do anything for her, that is. :)
If you could tell an author what you like, or hate, about the heroines she/he creates, what would you suggest?