I recently read an on-line article by S. Thompson who stated that there were only two types of heroines in a romance novel.
1. “…the girl next door. She’s pretty, sweet, a little naive and she has a tomboyish nature. She probably has rather poor taste in men and prefers ‘bad boys’ to her perfect boy-next-door counterpart, who will eventually become the hero.”
2. “…Xena, for lack of a better word. She’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lara Croft and the Warrior Princess all rolled into one. She’s tough, self-sufficient, a little hard, and she doesn’t want a man to save her even though she wants to fall in love.”
While these two archetypes do exist in romance novels – I believe that between Gidget and Xena is an entire plethora of romance heroines. From the disabled to the vampire warrior, from the single carrer woman to the single mom, and from the girl in her 20’s to the woman in her 50’s; they have a wealth of dimension and they are as diverse as the women who write and read them.
Come on – let me hear from you. Give me your view of the types of heroines that can be found in today’s romance novels – the one’s that fall between Gidget and Xena.