Likability in heroines

Likability in heroines

When I read, I try to sympathize with the main character as much as I can, as long as they’re not a brat, stuck up, or not self-aware. If the character is like this, I love when there’s character development but if there isn’t, I can’t say I’m a fan.

There are some books where I’ll understand where the heroine is coming from, understand the thought process, the stress and anxiety that would play into her making a certain decision, no matter how stupid it is, but there are other times where I kind of wish she just used her brain.
For example, in a recent book I read, “Passion & Venom”, the heroine was kidnapped and held in the basement. Down there, she is with another prisoner and at one point, she expresses her need to pee but the bathroom door is locked. He advises her to just piss in the corner but instead, she called down one of the mafia members and proceeds to ask if they could open the door for her. *Spoiler* he doesn’t unlock the door and does something worse.

Shouldn’t she be trying her best to stay out of their way and not attract any attention to her? These are the same men who killed her husband after all. Throughout the books, there’s little character development.

She is, in fact, a very strong female lead but it just comes off as…snobby.
And oh my goodness, don’t get me started on suddenly forgiving the completely horrible hero who is such a shitty person all around but suddenly, his backstory is revealed for sympathy point and all his previous actions are forgiven because, boohoo, he has such a bad past. That does not give anyone a pass to be a horrible person, especially if they refused to change. In Passion & Venom, it’s to be expected as he is a mob leader and while we weren’t exposed to his back story in book one, it was hinted at and I know it will be revealed in book 2 but I can’t be bothered to find out because I know he’s going to continue to be a shitty person and the heroine is going to fall in love. Bonus, he’ll continue to be a horrible person to everyone but her. Go figure.

But there have been books where I understood where the heroine was coming from and despite the stupid mistakes, they were understandable. The character themselves were likable too but after I’ve finished and gone onto Goodreads to see what other fellow readers had to say, only to be disappointed in what I read. Some readers absolutely despised the heroine but the funny part is, they would love the hero (who’s an absolute jerk, mind you).

A mild example I can give is ‘The Stand-In’ by Lauren Campbell. I loved this book with all my heart and soul. I couldn’t stop reading, recommended it to everyone I know, and had a good laugh while reading it. When I opened Goodreads, expecting that there couldn’t possibly be people who didn’t like it, I was disappointing. Of course, in my moment of excitement for this book, I forgot that not everyone has the same opinion as me. The heroine was great; she was funny, a little crazy, made questionable choices, and even had me frustrated a few times but I did try to see where she came from. After all, what would a book be if the hero/heroine was perfect? There were a few comments I read that say they found her to be self-absorbed and selfish (understandably) but I never considered that perspective until I read that review.

I consider this a mild example because I’ve seen way worse on other books that I can’t remember at the moment.

Is there a book you’ve read where you’ve found yourself criticizing the heroine a little too harshly and giving the hero one too many passes?

E-book vs Paperback

E-book vs Paperback

Which do you prefer?

E-book

For the most part, I tend to read on my phone. Ever since i started reading, which was in middle school, i would always be on my phone, reading obsessively, especially past bed time. I ended up with glasses 😦

There’s just something so simple and easy about reading on my phone whenever and wherever I want that makes it so great.

  • It’s anywhere and everywhere as long as you have your small cellular device, charged and ready to be used
  • It cost a lot less than a tangible book does!
  • You can adjust font size, background color, lighting, etc
  • You’re not wasting trees!
  • You can stack them up all you want and don’t have to worry about lack of storage!
  • If you don’t know a work, all you have to do is press on the word and it’ll take you to the dictionary
  • Links can be attached and convenient to open up

Paperback

Who doesn’t love a good, classic paperback? Seeing them on your shelves and having those wonderful memories of reading it, staining the pages with food, gripping the edge with anxious fingers and white knuckles in anticipation of what will happen next…ahh, can’t be beat.

  • You know that feeling of cracking opening a fresh new book, softening the spine, and breathing in that fresh new-book smell? – can’t be beat
  • Getting to have your own mini library, if you buy it of course
  • Can be free! Just go to the library!
  • Getting to buy a cute book mark and using it relentlessly
  • Admiring the book design – some are even 3D
  • Easier on the eyes
  • It’s different when someone seems you actually holding a book and reading rather than looking like your just on social media
  • Sharing! – ‘You have to read this book. Here, take it!’ – Your own little book club
  • Second hand books! – there’s a story written in ink and another story written between the folds and cracks that the previous owner left behind (maybe it isn’t always for the best but the written in side connects can be great!)
  • Doesn’t it feel amazing when your done reading for the time being so you put your bookmark in and close the book – now you can see the progress you made and how much you have left. I feel satisfied

Despite these differences, i think we can all agree that reading overall is just an amazing thing and isn’t it so great that we have multiple options? Each have their own benefits and drawbacks but at the end of the day, reading is reading.