What is it about the heroine in our romance stories that we enjoy so much? Is it our ability to identify with the character?
I have friends who only want to read the bad girl kick ass heroines. I’m told that the “waif” doesn’t sell well because she comes across as either TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) or whiney. I also have friends that cheer when they realize the heroine is a real life size 14 plus kinda girl.
What kind of heroine do you like? Face it as much as we love the hero and want to be his true love we all vicariously do that by “becoming” the heroine in the story. What kind of heroines can you relate to? What is a personal ewww for you?
I happen to like the ingenue. That innocence that needs protected. Ah, but then thru her own unique story arch you find that she is tougher than anyone thought. Is it because I want to be more like that? I don’t know. I’ve always been the tougher tom boy type hiding lace under the facade.
I personal don’t feel a need to fantasize about a size 14 heroine. I’ve busted my ass to get down to the size 12 – 14 heroine and I really don’t want to read about how she feels plump and unsexy because she has a little curve over her hip. Plueeezeee.
Yes, I like to try to identify with that strong yet innocent ingenue. Perhaps to me she represents eternal youth? A goddess like beauty that evades her humble personality. She has to be oblivious to her radiant beauty because no one likes a diva who knows she’s all that.
That’s the heroine I would imagine myself to be.
What kind of personality do you like your heroine to have? What qualities are you wanting in your heroine?