Saturday, January 25, 2014

All About Heroines ~ @oddlynn3 #rndrobin0125 #LynnCrain



Almost every month, I do a round-robin blog with a great group of women. Each time we have a different and exciting theme…this month is no different. Our theme this month is all about heroines: what type, traits, personality etc. draws me into a story? Has that changed with time? And do I write this type of heroine?

Well, I just love this topic. I love heroines. From the prime and proper to the tough and ready, I love heroines. And I’ll be honest, I’ve written all of those and more. However, I have a favorite. A favorite I will write about again and again. And that’s the kick-ass variety. You know the type: think Underworld, Alien or Aliens if you prefer, and who could ever forget Gone With The Wind. Now, wait a minute…I’m sure you’re saying this to yourself…why Gone With The Wind?

To be honest, Scarlett O’Hara is the first kick-ass heroine I fell in love with. She had a horrible situation, in a world ruled by men and somehow, each and every time she came out on top. I don’t think I have to explain just why Selene is a kick-ass heroine. She can definitely hold off the bad guys when she needs too…and yet…some would consider her a bad one as well considering she’s a vampire.

My all-time favorite, kick-ass heroine has to be Ellen Ripley or just Ripley to all her fans. That woman is everything I want in my heroines. She’s funny, serious, not afraid to show she’s afraid, yet always has her wits about her.

Now, like I said, it runs the gamut from historical to urban fantasy to horror. Just suffice it to say that these are the type of women I like and the type I normally write about. In A Viennese Christmas, my heroine leaves everything she knows to move to a new home for a wonderful job. In The Harvester, my heroine leaves her home as she doesn’t want to become queen because doing that means she has to kill her mother. And the list goes on and on. You can check out my books here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Crain/e/B002DMMD2G

As far as my attitude changing over time…I don’t think it has. I’ve always liked women who took hold of their own destiny. That doesn’t mean I want to see them without a romance though. I love romance and feel that every woman, good or bad, deserves to have a soul mate. I can say that how I write those heroines has changed over time. In the beginning, I wrote to what the publisher wanted, now I write to what I want and that’s made a world of difference.

Don’t forget to check in with all the other authors in this round robin. They’ll each be telling you about their heroines. So, click on of the authors below and be taken to their world of the heroine.

Marci Baun at http://www.marcibaun.com/
Kay Sisk at http://www.kaysisk.com/
Ginger Simpson at mizgjng@gmail.com
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/ 
A.J. Maguire at http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/ 
Beverley Bateman at http://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/
Diane Bator at http://dbator.blogspot.ca
Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com

Thanks and see you all next time!


Lynn

14 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your post, I do like heroines who take control of their own futures.

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    1. I do too, Rhobin...thanks for dropping by!

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  2. Nice job, Lynn! Love the photo you added as well!

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    1. Thanks, Diane! I have to add photos as I'm really a visual person. Glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping in!

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  3. Ah yes, Ripley. Sigourney Weaver had my favorite line ever in the second movie, "Get away from her you bitch!" Tough human female against an alien female, both intent on protecting their young...who will win? Put your money on Ripley every time! That's why I really liked Prometheus, though some criticized it for various reasons. One of the reasons is they felt it was unrealistic that a human female could go through all the lead heroine does and still be walking. She kept jabbing herself with pain meds in a syringe, so she was in pain. But isn't that what all women do? Keep on going despite the pain, to get the job done?

    Men may like to think of us as "the weaker sex", but since we're the ones who have menses and childbirth and survive, we know better. We just let them keep their "little delusions" because they're so darned cute!

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    1. Yeah, another Prometheus lover! I just like the whole idea of the series...it's wonderful. Glad you liked my post, Fiona, and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I like female heroes (not heroines--it brings back images of the 'damsel in distress) who don't need saving. They need to be tender and have heart, and they need to care about the people around them. My favorite Disney princess when I was young was Cinderella, but now I have a new favorite: Merida from BRAVE.

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    1. I hear what you're saying, Lorna. And I hear Merida is wonderful!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. My mom has always said, "Behind every good man is a better woman." Yes, that's an old view, but I'd say women are darn strong. We have to be to bear children. I like take charge heroines as well. I think there does need to be a balance. She can rescue herself, but she will accept help when she needs it.

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    1. I so agree...women do have to be strong because of bearing children...after all, if it weren't for us, the species would have died out long ago.

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  6. Great post. I hadn't thought about Scarlet as the first kick-ass heroine, but you're right. Go Scarlet!

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    1. Thanks...and yes...Scarlet does have her moments!

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  7. Hey Lynn, Great post. Scarlet is one of my favorite all-time heroines, too. She definitely had the odds set against her, yet she managed to keep her kick-ass attitude.

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    1. Thanks, Ginger. Yeah, I don't think that anyone had the cards so stacked against her as Scarlet did. She overcame every obstacle and learned more about herself than she ever thought possible along the way.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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