|Skyler and Shea Wilson|
It seems I’m always borrowing these days! This weekend, I was reading Celia Yeary’s blog about heroes at celiayeary.blogspot.com and it got me thinking about heroines. I know it’s not a new subject, but I always think it’s interesting nonetheless.
When I judge contests, I’m notoriously hard on heroines. This isn’t fair, probably, because just as I don’t like everybody I meet, it stands to reason I won’t like all the protagonists in every book I read. I try never to mark down a contest entry because I can’t stand being in the same room with the heroine, but I’m not sure I’m always successful.
Same goes when I’m reading a book. My favorite writers are favorites for the simple reason that I love their voices; the story is secondary to me. Makes me wonder if it’s coincidental that my favorite authors also write my favorite heroines.
So what do I want?
· LOOKS. I don’t care at all what she looks like, though I admit have less patience with too young, too slim, and way beautiful than I do with Alice Average.
· BRAINS. Yup, she’s gotta have them. She can be learning-disabled, undereducated, culture-challenged, you name it, but if she’s dumb and tries to get around it by belittling others (namely the hero), I don’t want to read her story. I don’t care if she gets a Happily Ever After.
· SEX APPEAL. If the hero likes her, it’s not necessary to me that every other guy around thinks she’s hot, too. She doesn’t have to have been a prom queen candidate or the star of the season during the Regency or the best cowboy on the ranch while wearing the tightest jeans and shirt. She just has to be the light in the hero’s eyes.
· MONEY. I don’t care if she has none or a lot, but she has to be able to take care of herself. Even if she’s a trust fund baby, I want her to work for a living because she doesn’t think the world owes her anything.
· SENSE OF HUMOR. She has one—particularly about herself—or I’m done by the end of the third chapter.
What about you? What makes or breaks a heroine with you?
Oh, the picture? Nothing to do with heroines—at least, not yet. Skyler and Shea are two of my grandsons. They’re 16 and 15 and were on a mission trip to Jamaica. And yeah, they’re my heroes.