Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Heroines and Wanting Them to Die!
Note: our Allie is off partying at the Romantic Times Convention. Uh. Oh. Look out LA, here comes trouble! Allie will drop in when she can but those of us who are home and not out having fun will stop by to respond to your comments.
Last night I finished reading a romance by one of my fave authors. Except this time, shock! I couldn't stand her heroine. I wanted to do all sorts of violent things to her. I thought the hero could have done soooo much better blindfolded, stranded in the desert. Augh, this woman whined about being alone then threw the hero out after he rescued two baby animals. Sorry, but if it had been one of my books...she'd have died while out trying to find toilet paper. Then the hero could find a real woman and have his HEA.
Does this happen to any of you? You get into the book then suddenly realize that the hero or heroine is just too stupid to live. You want to beat the character senseless or just help the character you do like find a nice dark place to bury the body :)
I'll admit I've started off books with men I wasn't too sure about and women I thought were a bit snotty. But then being the mean cruel lady I am, I torture them together and individually and watched as their real selves emerged. Finally I start to see things to admire and respect. But in last night's book there was no redemption. Even at the very end my palm itched to smack her. Just one really good hit would maybe knock some sense into her. Alas, not going to happen in this reality.
Then there's the perfect heroine. She's smart, thin, beautiful, rich and graceful. My stomach turns every time I read about these women. Gag! Seriously people, you want to invest yourselves in characters with no flaws? How boring is that? Granted my characters are a bit warped and not firmly on the side of sanity, but at least they're interesting. My heroine's are sometimes insecure, nowhere near a size six, with freaky hair, but always with amazing hearts. It's the growth of the person that makes the journey unique and interesting. If there's no growth or change why bother taking the journey in the first place?
I'm getting off my soap box now. Thanks for listening. Here's hoping you journey is always a little bit interesting.