I have a bit of a rant today. My rant is more toward Authors and their female characters.
When reading a book, what do you as a reader look for in a female character? What traits do you want your leading lady to have? I’m pretty simple. I want a STRONG and Independent character. I don’t give two shits how damn beautiful she is, if her hair is so silky it shines like diamonds, I don’t care if she is rich, wears designer clothes, or if she can climb mountains with a blindfold on. None of that matters to me. What matters is that my leading lady is strong and can take care of herself.
I read three books in the last 3 days and you know what the common theme was for those books? A girl who needed a guy so she could get her shit together. I LOVE romance in books. I generally wont read a book if there isn’t a romance involved. But why make the leading lady so clingy, dependent, and just brain dead when it comes to a guy? Why can’t she have both? Why can the leading lady not be strong, independent, and in love? This problem usually occurs in YA novels. What is this teaching younger more impressionable girls? If you go by a typical YA novel, its teaching girls that when they meet a guy and fall in love, they need to revolve their life around them and not think for themselves.
That is another thing, why can’t the leading lady be the one with good ideas and ass kicking skills? Why, do the male characters need to be so in-control and dominant. To me that is so unattractive. I don’t want someone who needs to tell me how to feel or what to do. I find my husband attractive because yes he may be an “alpha” male or what we call a “manly man”, but he never makes a decision without me. He always consults me, he compliments me at the most random times, he never tries to control me, and if I were to go brain dead and starry eyed and acting all desperate, he would probably think I was crazy.
I know I’m not explaining what I’m trying to say right. It is really hard to find the correct words.
The point of this is to say: Authors give me a strong leading lady, who is kick ass, smart, funny, snarky, and doesn’t go brain dead/stupid when a guy who shows interest.
What about everyone else? What do you look for in a character? Are there any traits or quirks you prefer?