Sunday, September 17, 2017

Which Romantic Female Lead Do You Prefer? by Liwen Y. Ho

Last month, I shared about the two types of romantic male leads: the Type A hero and the Type B hero. (You can find that post HERE.) Today, we'll be looking at the eight heroine archetypes. Yes, you read that right. For some reason, there are four times as many types of female leads as there are male! Perhaps because women are more complicated? 

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1. The Boss: Confident, high-achieving, and competitive. Examples of The Boss are Lucy from the Peanuts comic strip and Murphy Brown. 

2. The Seductress: Assertive, strong, and calculating. Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind and Shakespeare's Cleopatra are examples of The Seductress. 

3. The Spunky Kid: Funny, sarcastic, and loyal. Examples of Spunky Kids are Superman's Lois Lane and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.

4. The Free Spirit: Sincere, fun-loving, and extroverted. Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Jane Austen's Emma are Free Spirits.

5. The Waif: Pure, trusting, and insecure. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride are Waifs.

6. The Librarian: Efficient, self-reliant, and dependable. Trinity from The Matrix and Portia from The Merchant of Venice are Librarians.

7. The Crusader: Courageous, persuasive, and tenacious. Mulan and Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are examples of Crusaders.

8. The Nurturer: Altruistic, capable, and optimistic. Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility and Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show are Nurturers. 

It was really interesting for me to read about all these archetypes. I believe I alternate between a couple of them, depending on which "hat" I'm wearing at the moment. I'm a Nurturer when it comes to my husband and kids, but waffle between a Waif and a Librarian when it comes to my work. 

Like me, the heroine in my latest story, Chasing Romance, is also a Librarian. Izzy Sutton raised her daughter by herself when her ex-boyfriend skipped town eighteen years ago. She also opened up and runs her own business, a Bed and Breakfast. Being so self-reliant poses problems, however, when it comes to her love life.

When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.  

You can read Chase and Izzy's story and nine other sweet romances in Fall Into Romance, a boxed set releasing October 5th!

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Which female archetype do you relate to the most? Which ones do you enjoy reading about? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. Really interesting post, Liwen. I'm a nurturer and a librarian, from your descriptions. Best wishes to you and the other authors for your latest release, Fall into Romance!

  2. That is interesting. I feel like I'm a combination of Free Spirit and Librarian.

    1. Cool! I can see the free spirit part of you from what I know of you, Jess. :)

  3. I think I may have used them all except the seductress. I think I like crusader heroines.

    1. Crusader heroines are definitely dynamic characters. :)