I laughed because what she said was so true. I’ve read several New Adults. I liked them, but it does feel as if a lot of books in the genre have a life-and-love-is-so-hard thing going on. (Not all of them! Marilyn Brant’s New Adult heroine in the All I Ever Wanted anthology is definitely not angsty.)
It’s hard for me to be empathetic about some of this. I’ve said this before – my mother was widowed young and raised 5 children, from ages 3 to 10, by herself. She didn’t break down, and I don’t remember her crying. She had to be strong for us. Even the books I read growing up were about spunky girls. As a teen, I read The Diary of a Young Girl, a diary written by Anne Frank, a young Jewish teenager who hid from the Nazis for two years before her family was discovered and taken to a concentration camp, where she died. In her diary, she was angry, she was sarcastic, she was falling in love, and she was so full of life that just writing about her, I have tears in my eyes. One thing she was not was angsty. I went on to read books by Jane Austen, and even in their restricted lives, her heroines were strong.
I could go on for a long time talking about books with strong women, but I’ll switch to TV shows: Veronica Mars. Duffy. Gilmore Girls. Bones. The title character in Castle may be a man, but there are plenty of strong women in it. And is anyone else eager to see the Veronica Mars movie that will be out in March?
I think every Magical Musings author writes books with strong women. Our heroines may be down more than once, and they may be angry and pissed off – and maybe for a few brief paragraphs they might have a pity party – but then they get up and they go on.
A few of them may even kill the offending parties: Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Cynthia Eden, and Dale Mayer have all done this. Even a couple of my heroines have killed. And they aren’t sorry about it.
Who are your favorite strong heroines? In real life or fictional?