It’s official. Old Project is now my huckleberry again, and New Project, for a number of reasons, has lost my interest. I still think it’s a great idea, I’m just not desperate to work on it at the moment. It’s not, you know, finished and edited the way OP is.
Plus, I had occasion to re-read OP the other day and still really like it. So there. Let’s hope I’m not the only one.
Not to mention I have so many projects on my plate right now it’s not even funny.
BUT, that’s not the point of this post. The point here is about Rex Harrison, and irritating heroines, and why they’re irritating.
I mentioned the big old vacuous bitch heroine I wrote. Did I mention the plot of that story? It’s a vampire “My Fair Lady”, but she’s Professor Higgins.
Yeah. Turns out, persnickety, rude, arrogant women aren’t nearly as sexy or interesting as Rex Harrison.
In a man, that sort of commanding presence is waaay attractive. In a lady? Not so much. (BTW, I know I’ve been using “ladies” a lot lately. I’m not sure why.)
It just made me wonder what other sorts of personality traits and behaviors are good for the gander but not for the goose.
See, it’s not just a matter of being unappealing in a woman. It’s a matter of making the hero look unappealing.
If she pushes him around and he lets her, he’s unappealing. If she’s always has the upper hand, he’s unappealing. If she keeps secrets from him and he just goes on his merry way, he’s unappealing.
Life isn’t necessarily like that, no. But in books I like my heroes to always be stronger, faster, smarter, better. The heroine has to be a good match…but he’s always a step ahead.
Must be exhausting, being a romance hero.
What other rules can you think of for heros and heroines?