Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Heroine to Root For

by Maria Geraci

This Saturday, I'll be giving a workshop for the Ancient City Romance Writers of America (great group, btw!) on Creating a Strong Romantic Heroine. It's my contention that the heroine in your romance novel is the back bone of your entire story. If your readers don't connect with her in a strong way, then your story is going to fall apart. No one likes a wimpy dumb heroine. Nor do they like a Perfect Polly either.

I put together a list of the qualities I most admire/like in a heroine and came up with the following.

Smart.
Capable.
Loyal.
Quirky.
Sense of Humor.
Kind.
Ambitious.

Who are some of my favorite heroines from literature/film? There's lots to pick from but without a doubt my top favorites are:

 Kathleen Kelly (so wonderfully played by Meg Ryan)  in You've Got Mail

 Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice


And last but not least, my personal Fave: Jo March in Little Women

Who are your favorite literary heroines? And what characteristics do you admire most in them?


2 comments:

  1. I'm with you with Jo from Little Women, always a great fave of mine. Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables, as well. Leslie Benedict in Edna Ferber's Giant.

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  2. Can we count Dorothy Parker? Always loved her work and she had an interesting, if often sad, life.

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