It makes sense, because most of us -- whether single or married, content or yearning for something more -- want to put ourselves in the shoes of the lead female character, and live vicariously through her.
But what about the heroine herself? Don't we have to like her too?
Unfortunately, there have been quite a few books that I started . . . and eventually stopped reading because the heroine got on my Last. Damn. Nerve.
The hardest part of writing a story geared toward a female audience, can be writing a female character that the majority of readers WANT to spend more time with. For me, I have to either want to be her -- or at least be her friend -- for me to stick with the gal through thick & thin.
She has to be humble, without being weak.
|Elizabeth Bennett -- Pride & Prejudice|
She has to be able to take care of herself, and still retain her femininity.
|Guinevere -- King Arthur|
And she has to be just as willing to rescue the hero as she is to let him rescue her.
|Elizabeth Swann -- Pirates of the Caribbean|
(Apparently, I have a bit of Keira Knightly fetish)
Bottom line -- It's not an easy job being the heroine. Not only does she have to make the hero fall in love with her . . . she has to make us (the reader) love her too.
What about you? Anything that a heroine has to do/be in order to keep you reading? Anything that completely turns you off and causes you to close the book, never to return?