Yay! I’m back on track and not posting random stuff!
So, who writes your favorite heroines?
We discussed heroes already, and my deep love for Linda Howard’s uber-alpha males. When it comes to heroines, I like the woman who can work around every obstacle the hero tosses up in front of her. She's clever and observant, knowing that if the hero says, “Stay here and don’t move” in the middle of a gun fight, it’s probably because he doesn't want her getting shot and there’s a strong likelihood of exactly that happening.
I despise the too stupid to live (TSTL) heroine who decides to follow the hero into danger because she refuses to take orders from any man, or because she just knows he’s going to get hurt, or because she thinks her untrained self can somehow assist in a very specialized situation. And then she gets kidnapped or injured and the hero has to risk his life (again) in order to save her. I realize that oftentimes there wouldn't be a plot or climax in the book without her making a reckless decision, but why does her stupidity or rebelliousness or stubbornness have drive the story? If you create an intelligent, reasonable heroine, you can find a motive for her to be kidnapped that doesn't end with me throwing the book across the room.