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There is a reason why Katniss defeats Bella in the paranormal heroine competition, and it isn’t because she shoots arrows. It’s because she has an inner strength that pulls here through. That’s why paranormal readers are flocking to the Hunger Games. There has been a pervasive hunger for a heroine who isn’t whiney, can stand on her own two feet, and is decisive.
I read Twilight. And the second one.
Why? Not because I liked Bella. No, I read it because I wanted to see what teens, and even grown women, wanted to read. I’m a paranormal author. I love paranormal romance. And vampires. I read Dracula for fun in high school. In fact I’ve read it at least three times. Gothic romance? Swooning heroines? I’ve read it all. But those stories were written during times when women were considered the weaker sex and even worse, were considered dangerous if they had opinions.
We don’t live in that time anymore. Women are strong capable people. We’ve always known it, but now we can celebrate it. We work and feed our families. We straddle generations, tending to our aging parents and our children, sometimes even our grandchildren while holding down jobs and keeping our marriages together. We aren’t wimpy. So why did Bella take off? Why, when all I want to read are heroines like Anna Strong, from author Jeanne Stein, did Bella become the woman for this generation?
I wish I knew. I wish I could say definitely it’s because women wanted a break from being strong, wanted to fantasize for a moment about some controlling man taking them away, but I can’t. And why can’t I? Because Katniss is here.
Maybe it’s Bella rebound, maybe it’s just the hot new thing, but I believe it’s that everywhere girls and women have been reading Bella’s stories and saying “WAIT! Isn’t there more?”
Yes, there is more.
Even if your heroines aren’t quite the physical, save-the-day, heroine that Katniss is, they can be emotionally strong. Stand up and move through an empowering character arc that ends, not in repeated sacrifice, but in decisive action. That’s the kind of heroine I like to read, and that’s the kind I like to write.
What kind of heroines do you like? Are you a Bella fan? (It’s okay, there are a lot of you out there.) Or are you an Anna Strong type? Do you like kick-ass climaxes? Or do you think it is better to lay down and sacrifice oneself for the greater good?
Oh, and come visit me on Paranormal Freebies on Friday April 4th for another chance to win Little Red Riding Wolf.