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    Heroines Today – Gidget or Xena? By Marisa
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  • Published: Apr 26th, 2007

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.

6 Responses to “Heroines Today – Gidget or Xena? By Marisa”

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  1. KeiraSoleore
    on Apr 26th, 2007
    @ 3:32 am

    Speaking strictly for the Georgian- and Regency-set historicals, Gidget would be the 17-year-old virgin ingenue and Xena would be the flagrant courtesan in her thirties.

    In between would be the virgin ragamuffin (Heyeresque), virgin bluestocking, virgin widow (don’t ask), woman forced to sell her virtue, experienced woman of a certain age (gasp), experienced widow, virgin woman of a certain age (lots of ’em virgins), and repentant high-flier.

  2. kim
    on Apr 26th, 2007
    @ 7:57 am

    hmm, I’d bet money that S. Thompson is a man and has never read a romance!

  3. Sheila
    on Apr 26th, 2007
    @ 8:33 am

    Bull – I can see his point but it appears he has compacted too much into too little.

    Kim – I agree and if he has he wasn’t really reading just researching which could be the problem to start with.

    Then again Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus – which just means we can talk or read the same thing and come out with a different perspective, look at each other and say “huh?!”

  4. Buffie
    on Apr 26th, 2007
    @ 10:49 am

    The varieties of heriones in romance novels are as many as there are women on this earth! I mean, come on, each person (or character) has her own eccentricities.

  5. Keira Soleore
    on Apr 26th, 2007
    @ 1:13 pm

    Well put, Buffie.

  6. Buffie
    on Apr 26th, 2007
    @ 4:22 pm

    Thanks, Keira. Sometimes, well most of the time, the male mind astounds me! Of course, men probably say the same thing about us complicated women.

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