Saturday, August 1, 2009
Who Yells At An Alpha Male?
I adore Serena Shay! Besides being a darn good writer, her blogs (as with my fellow blogger's Crystal, Savannah and Francesca) always make me think hard about some aspect of the stories we write. And they usually lead to my next subject, so thank you, thank you;-).
As romance writer's we are drawn to the alpha male and his bigger than life attitude. In real life we may be able to get away with yelling at him because he didn't put the toilet seat down or forgot to take out the trash, but not so much in fiction. Okay, now that I've said it I just envisioned a funny scene where this happens. Do you see what you guys do to me?
What kind of heroine would yell at an alpha male to remember to put the toilet seat down? An interesting one. A heroine who wasn't afraid to ask/remind her alpha that in the real world, respecting her was as important as slaying any dragon foolish enough to threaten her. In fact, she's probably been slaying her own dragons, which may be the reason the hero falls in love with her. He just has this little problem of wanting to protect her anyway.
But what about the heroine who has been kicked around by life and hasn't learned that she can yell at him to put the toilet seat down (I'm fixated on this because it's really more important than the trash--trust me). Her journey to get to that point could make me want to read her story.
So, my question is what do you think it takes to make an interesting heroine these days?