Novel elements: characters you want to spend a whole book with – Evelyn M. Hill

Romance readers are notoriously harder on the heroine than they are on the hero. A hero can be a complete jerk for 90% of the story, then grovel at the end and confess his True Love for the heroine — and he’ll get away with it. But the heroine has to be likable, or readers will complain.

I had this struggle with Hope Rutherford, the heroine of my current WIP. Luckily, I had a breakthrough during my mini writing retreat last month and was able to put a perspective on her unpleasant behavior that makes her relatable.

What do you think? Is it mandatory that you like a heroine, or is being agle to relate to her challenges what matters to you?

via Novel elements: characters you want to spend a whole book with – Evelyn M. Hill

3 thoughts on “Novel elements: characters you want to spend a whole book with – Evelyn M. Hill

  1. It seems that way. And they are all described the same way,”she was headstrong and vulnerable”. Huh? I have a hard time maintaining interest in romance. Harlequin makes me want to gouge my eyes out. The ones that use to be by supermarket check outs were better(bodice rippers)Read many on the bus to work. Fave-Beatrice Small

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