Sep 26, 2011

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Question – What Makes A Great Heroine?

I was chatting with Colette from A Buckeye Girl Reads last week on twitter and mentioned to her that I’m starting to run out of Question ideas and that I’m sort of freaking out.  She suggested a GREAT Question.  So great, in fact, that I shuffled my other Questions so I could post her idea today.

Her Question suggestion was:  What makes a great heroine?

Awesome question, eh?  I think everyone is drawn to a different sort of heroine.  Some love the damsel in distress and some love the machine gun wielding sort.  Some like their heroines to be meek and quiet while some like them to be total bitches.

In order for me to fall in love with a heroine, she needs to be strong yet not afraid to show some vulnerability.  I don’t know exactly why, but that is important to me.  Maybe it’s because that makes her more human.  I seem to be drawn to heroines who can kick ass, but that is not mandatory for me.  She can carry a sword or a briefcase, just as long as she is a strong character who can take care of herself, is confident and self-assured yet isn’t afraid to be who she is.  She can’t be afraid to notice when she may be up shit’s creek without a paddle.  Mostly, what makes a heroine great for me is that she needs to be relatable.  She does not have to have anything in common with me, but she does have to have qualities that make me connect with her and make me want to see her succeed in life and in love.  Do I read other types of heroines?  Of course.  Do I enjoy reading their stories?  Yes, yes I do.  But the ones I remember the most, the ones who end up on my Favorites list, are the ones who meet that criteria.

So there you have it.  That is what makes a great heroine for me.

Now how about you?  What are traits that makes a heroine great for you?

  1. Great question! I need a heroine that can be kick-ass and still vulnerable, that has a strong brain as well as a strong body (this doesn’t mean skinny!) and who knows how to laugh at herself.

  2. I like my heroines to be sassy, not afraid to hold their own, but at the same time they can’t be too tough or sassy. In one dnf for me, the heroine was too perfect, and I couldn’t relate to her at all. It also depends on the hero~I hate it when heroines fall in love after one kiss after hating him for 300 pages. I always do an eyeroll at that…

  3. Too hard to answer. I just do not want her too be too perfect, Mary Sueish, or TSTL, or a bitch. Anything else goes 😉

  4. CdnMrs – I totally agree with you!

    A Buckeye Girl Reads – I never thought about it, but you’re right. Too perfect would be more annoying than anything…

    blodeuedd – No bitch. Got it. 😉

  5. I need my heroines to be smart and confident. They have to know themselves and believe in their mission,destiny,fate… whatever. I want them to be kind to the less fortunate but not condescending. They know their vulnerabilities and deal with them in a mature way. They are beautiful on the inside and out. Yup, sounds like they are damn near perfect.

  6. Dot – You said it perfectly Dot! 🙂

  7. What a fabulous question Julie and great answer from you! I love mine to be the tough chick. I want her to have a strong mind and personality who isn’t afriad to take care of herself. I like when they can make themselves happy without needing a man. I also love loyalty, the women who stand by their friends, family and significant other without waivering. Those are all very important. Plus I think it’s pretty badass when they can handle a big gun and feel happy and excited to shoot it.

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