Brie at Romance Around the Corner (romance-around-the-corner.blogspot.com) is hosting Heroine Week in July. When I heard about this I immediately volunteered to post a blog. Of course the idea I had was shared by a number of other writers, so I picked a different topic and I'm really in love with it.
Molly too is going to blog and I thought how great is this, we're going to spend a whole week talking about Heroines. Really focusing on their story.
Then it smacked me in the head! Wait a minute. Romance Around the Corner is primarily a review site for romance books. Romance books are written primarily by women. Every romance novel must feature a heroine (with the exception of m/m romance obviously.)
But we need a week to talk about what we're not talking about currently? We're not talking about WOMEN characters in this genre! A genre built by and sustained mostly by women and suddenly it seems we only care about the heroes.
I just finished reading Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. At one point in her career at SNL the women writers were despairing that they weren't getting the "good" parts. Tina's point was you're a woman writer, write a good woman part!
We're women! We should be writing amazing unforgettable heroines that are getting talked about all the time!
I love that Brie has shed light on this and I can't wait to read all the posts about heroines but I'm making a point of finding those amazing female characters and blogging about them more often!
(Sorry about the number of exclamation points - I'm obviously a little worked up!)