There is nothing more annoying then a weak and whiney heroine. You know the ones who do nothing but scream and wait to be rescued. Think Willie in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. All she did was scream and whine for the majority of the movie. At times, I was rooting for the bad guys to get her just to shut her up. On the other hand, I think we can all agree that kick-butt heroines are fun. Wonder Woman, the inspiration for mine and Melinda’s story, Amazon Heat, was one tough cookie well before it was cool for female characters to be so. She was smart, sexy, and always took down the bad guys using her lasso of truth and wearing her high-heeled boots. Still, I think there is room in the pool for a heroine that falls somewhere between the two.
Evie from the movie The Mummy is a great example of middle of the road heroine. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. It’s a fun movie with Brendan Fraser(He’s so hot). Evie is not a kick-butt heroine, but she makes up for it with her smarts. She’s the one that can read ancient hieroglyphics and speak Arabic. While she may not be taking on the bad guys physically, she’s gutsy and determined. Her smarts and knowledge are just as integral to solving the conflict of the movie as the hero’s fighting skills. However, when the bullets start flying she didn’t cringe and cry, but she also wasn’t out there in the fray either. She put her head down and did what she needed to do to survive. As the movie series progressed and the character continued to grow, Evie became more confident and self assured and better able to defend herself and her family.
So what do you think? Do you prefer your heroines to be tough and action oriented? Do the middle of the road type heroines turn you off to a book? What characteristics do you like in your heroines?