Weakness VS Wow Factor – Women Who Rock The Page
By Nola Sarina
“Bella Swan is so weak.”
“Buffy sure kicked some hardcore ass.”
“Anastasia Steele is such a whiner.”
… Okay, I won’t do an impression of Xena: Warrior Princess’s battle cry.
For the record, I quite enjoyed both Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. But the female lead characters in those stories were prone to shaping their actions to fit the desires of the male leads, and thus occasionally came across the page as weak. They didn’t have much for actual lives of their own other than the aspects that revolved around the strong, alpha males.
Now, that can be one hell of a spark for both the imagination (Twilight) and the libido (Fifty).
But female characters need to be the star of the show sometimes, too. Strong bitches are hot. Strong bitches who still have that feminine, emotional side are even more empowering because they’re real. In my Vesper novellas, Gilded Destiny & Jaded Touch, I wanted to make female characters who were as intriguing as the males surrounding them, and yet still explored their sensitive sides the way most women do.
Calli, the lead character of Gilded Destiny is a tattoo artist who can’t remember exactly what happened to her a few years ago and must function in life despite issues with her short term and long term memory. She doesn’t let it slow her down, even when the memories begin to return to her in a way that both breaks her heart and fires up her passion for an immortal Vesper named Nycholas to an intensity she never imagined.
By balancing her ability to continue functioning in her life against her odds, I hope you can see how strong she is, yet how her emotions drive her actions. She has a strong life before Nycholas, and though his touch consumes her every moment from the time of their frightening meeting, she stays strong, devoted to him by her own choosing, especially in the face of terror.
In Jaded Touch, the Vesper named Three is the female lead, and she suffers from rage that explodes before has a chance to stop herself. She tries so hard to keep her cool when others torment her about the branding scars on her back, but most often fails. She also toes the line of friendship and romance with her forbidden, male best friend and embarks on an even more forbidden romance with a human guy whose dominant personality challenges and tantalizes hers.
By allowing her struggle with her emotions to occasionally overtake her actions while showing her attempt to reign it in at all costs I hope you connect with her personal pains and yet admire her courage to do what she feels most strongly drawn to do (which is, *ahem* that human guy Jack) even when it threatens everything she holds dear.
That said, less personality-driven characters sometimes make for a stronger pull toward the all-consuming male characters when that’s truly the highlight of the story. In both Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, the male character’s shock value truly drove the story forward, and the impact of the male character in that type of structure is stunning. Who can forget the way we felt when an impossible man like Edward or Fifty swept us off our feet? It made for an unforgettable adventure both times.
But women can be just as captivating, unforgettable, and with pioneers in fiction like Buffy and Xena – or, one of my first strong female role models, Jo in Little Women – we have beautiful examples all around us for women who stand up to their male co-stars.
I hope you find Calli & Three to kick as much ass as some of the women who inspired the characters. And thank you to Alys for allowing me to post during this spectacular giveaway event – it’s truly one-of-a-kind!
Nola Sarina is a paranormal romance and dark fantasy author from Alberta, Canada. She loves weaving romances that leave you breathless and challenge typical relationships with the most mind-blowing twists.
Represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency, Nola is the author of the dark, spicy hot paranormal romance Vesper series. Taking vampires to a whole new level, the Vespers in Gilded Destiny & Jaded Touch live dangerously sexy lives in a harsh world of the balance between mortals and immortals.
Nola is also the co-author of Wild Hyacinthe with friend and fellow blogger Emily Faith of Cackling Moms blog. This spicy paranormal from Crimson Romance draws inspiration from Emily’s flair for relationships that spark in and out of the bedroom and Nola’s dark-fantasy laced themes. Wild Hyacinthe portrays sexy, alpha male hero from a unique perspective: an incubus who cannot help but kill.
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