Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Favorite Heroines Blog Hop

Today we are playing in the Favorite Heroines Blog Hop. I'll be sharing some of my favorite heroines, and if you follow the links to the other blogs, you can meet even more. In addition, each blog will be holding some  kind of giveaway. For my prize, one commenter below will get their pick of either a first print proof copy of HORDED or an electronic copy of any one of my books.

Best of luck on all your hops!

First let me say that my favorite heroines are not "badass" in the usual sense of the term. I mean, sure I like a girl that can kick butt as much as the next reader, but to be honest, the ones that really stand out for me are the heroines that are strong in a different way.

I appreciate strength of character, perseverance, gentleness,personal growth and okay, a lot of badass magic too. So, my picks are less kicking butt and shooting targets and more, delving the inner reaches of their own psyches to route out some pretty ugly personal demons.

That being said, my all time favorite heroine is Sybel from Patricia McKillip's, Forgotten Beasts of Eld. She's a high wizard who calls ancient, mythological animals to her and keeps them as her servants. Sybel starts out powerful as hell, but her journey is about learning to be soft, allowing herself to need more than just power, and I am absolutely enamored with her character arc and her story.
(I own two signed copies to my great delight)

Gillan from Andre Norton's, Year of the Unicorn, is a very close second. In truth, it's probably a tie.  Gillan is studying to be a nun and herbalist when her story begins. In order to save a friend, however, she takes the girl's place in secret and ends up offered as a bartered bride to a group of wer riders from out of the wastes. No one knows anything about these men except that they are dangerous. Despite the fact that she is low-born and was never meant to be a part of the bride tribute, Gillan is the one who uses her strength to uncover the truth about the mysterious wer riders, and then uses her own power to battle for her life and the man she loves.
Gillan's battle is also internal, though she faces outward foes as well along the way. In the end, she is trapped inside her own mind and forced to find her true self and her own way back out into the light.

Both stories are lyrical and beautiful and I suppose, show how my own work has been influenced. The themes are certainly some of my favorites to use as well. The inner journey, facing down the shadow, and personal growth... In my book, that's some badass heroine-ism.

So, what are your thoughts? Do heroines have to kick butt and take names to be badass? Can they do both? Comment for an entry into my giveaway, and hop via the links below to enter the rest!



Mai T. said...

I think a heroine can do both but not necessarily always so. "Kicking butt" with non-violence actions is the best way to be a heroine. And most of all, a heroine does not call herself a heroine, and even does not realize she is one.

Erin Burns said...

I think it depends on how they are written. Though I'll be honest, I tend to prefer the kickass ones. At the top of my list are Kate Daniels, Eve Dallas, and Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains. Oh, and Livy Kowalski, I keep wanting to forget about her. i enjoy reading heroines who'll take no ish off anyone.

Frances Pauli said...

Excellent points! And there's certainly nothing wrong with the rough and tough strong girls either! I'm so glad we have them all. :)

JM Scheirer said...

Not that I need a book copy, but I had to add my $0.02 worth. Not that she's my favorite, but she came to mind almost first. I have to give hats off to one who technically doesn't exist anymore: Mara Jade. Not only can the woman use the Force, she finds time to fall in love with the man she swore to kill. On top of that, she gives him a son! Okay, so she gets killed off later on in the timeline, but you have to admire a woman who can be strong in so many different ways, not just in power. ;)

Selenity Jade said...

They don't have to kick ass to be awesome. Sometimes mental strength makes one awesome.

Kassandra said...

A person can be strong in so many ways! Strength of character trumps most anything else for me, so I feel that to be yes you can be both.

bn100 said...

can do both

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Frances Pauli said...

I love how many people say they appreciate both! Keep the comments coming, I certainly love a good butt kicking gal too.
We have a few more days until the drawing so there's still time to enter.

Nana Prah said...

I like both, too. If a woman can grow into her strenght or confidence I appreciate that a lot. But my absolute favorites are those who kick ass on the physical and verbal levels

Frances Pauli said...

Thanks so much to everyone who commented!
Bn 100 is our winner.
I'll email you for our choice of prizes.