You remember that heroine who drove her car clear across another several state(s) when her car could barely make it to her house? Or the heroine who was scared of her own shadow but didn’t need a bodyguard? Or how about the heroine who decides to let a stranger sleep in her bed only because he was passing through town (pop. 20) and didn’t want any strings attached? Or how about the heroine who decides to go to Columbia and rescue her brother even though she had zero contacts there and only went because of an email she received from someone who might have been her brother? Oh, here’s my favorite one: how about the heroine who ends up pregnant but the father wants nothing to do with the baby? Are any of these women your hero?
There’s a big reason why my purchases of romances has been on the decline. The spineless, witless, silly heroine is only part of the problem. Next would be the hero and the plot. Each I will address in another segment but right now, it’s the spineless, witless, silly heroines who seem to populate romance novels and raise my blood pressure.
Like any reader out there, I do enjoy a good story. However, when a story features the witless, spineless, silly ass heroine, I get annoyed. I throw my book at the wall and I scream why? Why am I being punished and I want my money back. Are the majority of readers out there clueless or what? Why is the clueless heroine so popular among readers? Yeah, you. Focus of my rant: Anne Stuart. Love her books and her earlier books. I don’t know if it’s deliberate or not but her heroines are completely clueless. They do some of the stupidest things known to man and I’m to believe that the hero who usually is an assassin ends up with the clueless heroine and they live happily ever after in a big red house with a white picket fence around it. Give me a break. I know it’s escapism but it’s a bad escapism or fantasy. It doesn’t evoke happiness in me. None at all. It’s more akin to annoyance, confusion, bafflement and an “if you say so” attitude.
Yet there are fans of Anne Stuart’s books out there who see these heroine’s as anything other than stupid. They are passive, mousy, someone with baggage or needing therapy or completely helpless to the situation they find themselves in. Uh, no. They are stupid. I don’t care how you spin it – they’re still stupid as a doorbell. However, I am curious. Is Anne Stuart being deliberate in writing these spineless, witless, silly heroines or what? Is there a plot necessary for their existence? Obviously so because any real woman wouldn’t end up with these men and the story wouldn’t even be 200 pages long but I digress. All I ask is that authors give me a half-way decent heroine who can at least stand on her own and I’m good. She doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist. Just let her think for herself and stand up for herself. That’s all I ask. I don’t like doormats, mousy heroines and please don’t let them narrate the story, that’s like adding injury to insult.
Anyway, I’ve thought it over and concluded that if Anne Stuart had her hero’s narrate the story alone, then I’m good to go. Clueless heroine’s make bad narrators. The heroine’s POV would only serve to raise my high blood pressure. OK, it’s time for reader’s to speak up. Why do you enjoy spineless, witless, silly heroines? Yeah, you. What is the point of their existence in fiction? Do they serve an important purpose? Somebody clue me in please. A spokesperson? Anyone willing to speak up for these spineless wimps of fiction? I’ll take answers like: “because” or “just don’t read them” or “I agree with you but I still read them anyway, hee,hee,hee”. I say good riddance to the spineless, witless heroine. We’re smarter than that. On a more serious note, it’s insulting and demeaning to have to read about clueless, spineless women. They don’t represent me. How about you?