Friday, July 15
You're so Pefect I Could Barf
This week at Word Wranglers we're talking about what ruins a book for us. For me? Two words. Perfect heroines. She's drop dead gorgeous. She never lies, is kind to everyone, of unquestionable morals, and when she rolls out of bed, she can immediately kiss the hero. She doesn't even have morning breath. Come on! Throw a fault in there somewhere. When I read heroines like this, it drives me crazy. I immediately imagine something is wrong with her, like a big hairy mole on her ass. But no, her skin is smooth as butter. Not a blemish in sight. How boring can you get?
I read a lot, and love a complex heroine. What I've found too many times is a perfect heroine. Even clumsiness can make a heroine endearing.
The hero always has faults. Maybe not physical, but he has them. Jealousy, a scar, a limp, a less than perfect childhood. They get all the interesting stuff. The faults create conflict. How can you have conflict with a perfect character? Remember the the song, "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee" from "Grease"? That song is how I feel about perfect heroines. They make me want to barf, and close the book.