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Thursday, July 05, 2012
Heroines. Heroes. We cheer for them, cry with them, laugh with them, get angry with their stupidity, marvel at their wisdom, and sometimes, we never forget them.

Think about it. Who are your favorite heroines? Favorite Heroes? What made them memorable? Who do you think of (books or movies) when I say the following words:


It's not their outer beauty that we remember so much. It's goes deeper than that. We remember their character.

Quirky:  Lucy Ricardo (I Love Lucy)
Spoiled: Scarlett O'Hara (Gone With the Wind)
Naive, Sweet:  Kathleen Kelly (You've Got Mail)
Unconventional: Madea

Quirky:  Dr. Doolittle (Eddie Murphy)
Workaholic, Hard-shelled turned soft: Linus Larrabee (Sabrina)

Well, you get the idea. They are always redeemable. They can be hard-shelled and rough around the edges, but ultimately, we see there is a reason for it and they change by the story's end.

So my challenge to you is to answer this:  What I really like to see in a heroine or hero are . . . .

Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:48 AM  
  Comments (9)
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At 10:40 AM, Blogger freddikb said...

Determination to do what they feel is right. Determined to do good. The examples of Lucy and Scarlett are great, those were two I thought of. They had good intentions, it may not have turned out great every time, but they tried. They thought it was the best.
Have a little stubborness but also be humble. It's hard having both, but when I read of a character who humbles themself, to do something they may not think will work but does and they see that and it all turns out good, that's a good story.

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Ruth Smith said...

The honesty to admit when they are wrong. Of course,they can't do it right away or you wouldn't have a story. REDEEMING LOVE comes to mind. The female character eventually comes to the point of repentance after a lot of bumps in the road.

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Mary F. Allen said...

Faithfulness despite circumstances and being a survivor.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

In this day and age, with the economy like it is, I want funny and quirky. I need to be entertained, removed from my works into another more fun one. ;o) But then, I'm all about laughter.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm with you, Ane! I went to the latest Madea movie yesterday. She's very unconventional and there was some inappropriate humor, but she makes me laugh so much. Reminds me of my mom, though Mom didn't beat on people. LOL! If Mom got riled up in public, there wasn't much we could do about it. She said what she said--just like Madea. But she also had a kind heart, like Madea. Interesting characteristics.

I also like to see a hero with honor, like Keanu Reeves' character on "A Walk in the Clouds."

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Diana said...

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At 1:05 PM, Blogger Diana said...

Diann, that is funny you compare your mom to Madea!! But i can see that, no she never hit me but she also told us how she felt. Usually starting off with hey Kennedy. Buy yes she had a very kind heart. I love the Madea movies and I am with you there are some things he could leave out. But i a was laughing so much i had tears in my eyes from the new movie.

At 3:39 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Okay, you girls have me curious about Medea. Reminds me of Medusa, which tells me I'm way out of sync with everyone else, but I can learn!

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine said...

What I like to see in characters is a sense of humor and that inner quality of honor (both hero and heroine.)

I love the movie Die Hard and I think it's because he is so flawed, but he has this humor wrapped around his heart, but he would give up his life to save people. He doesn't economize his honor.

I really loved Tula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She's so funny, and works hard to reach her dreams, but still loves and honors her family, especially her father who is unreasonable and prejudiced. I love it that because she doesn't retreat or compromise, she finally gets everything she dreamed of--even when she didn't expect that.

I'm going to have to see this Madea! :)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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