Okay my friends, this was a tough one.
When I asked you what you wanted to see in a hero, it was pretty easy to see that you ladies were looking for a protective, compassionate, strong man with a sense of humor.
Turns out that you expect a lot more from your heroine. I found it a bit strange that you desired a man who would be protective and yet most of you thought a heroine should be strong, able to take care of herself, not a whiner and feisty to boot.
I really appreciated the one answer from a man who said this: Tough, quick wit, and playing for keeps. Seems even the men don’t want a wimpy lady to woo.
Here’s the list I came up with from your comments.
A good heroine should be:
Able to look after herself / relies on self for own happiness (2)
Strong / Tough (3)
Good sense of humor (3)
Have common sense (2)
Be able to face her weaknesses (3)
Not a whiner (2)
No need to emasculate her man
Honest with herself
Try to do the right things
Doesn’t worry what others think of her
Sharp wit with a sharp tongue
Plays for keeps
Not afraid to ask for help
Not perfect / have issues and baggage to be realistic
The consensus seems to be that we want heroines that are kind, but tough and with a good sense of humor. They must have weaknesses so they can face and overcome them. And this journey must be carried out with wit and a feisty personality.
I was surprised and I guess kinda pleased that, not once, did any of the commenters stress a heroine had to be beautiful. Yet we all go to great lengths to give our girls lovely, well-described eyes, flowing locks, sparkling white teeth, plump lips and a body maybe the author herself yearns for. Okay, I’m guilty!
For me, I see the hero and heroine in my story as personalities way before I see the actual person so I guess even without my knowing it, I’ve instinctively decided on what’s important and what isn’t. Then I plead guilty to adding their looks and bodies which I think should match the people I’ve created and – yep – they're usually well-formed and good-looking.
Obviously, by your own comments, looks are a minor part of a character’s attributes and not as important as we may think to the reader. I’ll keep that in mind when I write my next book. However, I’m not saying I’ll go so far as creating someone who’s dirt-ugly because in truth, no one is born without some positive features, right? But it might be fun to assist a girl to find her best features…. Oh wait! I already did that with help from a Cheeky Angel!! (did you see how I snuck in my title there… hehehe!)
It would be interesting to know how you create your character. First their looks – or their personalities???
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