And not meeting those challenges more often than I care to admit. That's a favorite because romance--and women's fiction--come to that, are the most forgiving genres of all.
Someone asked the other day what our favorite heroes are. I said mine were funny and flawed. The same thing would go for my favorite heroines. I never want perfection, whether it be in looks, behavior, or anything else that is integral to the character. If her looks are perfect, I hope she's clumsy. If he's built like a brick...ahem...built really well, I want him to be afraid of heights.
I'm charmed when the protagonists aren't especially rich, when they make mistakes, and when they're not entirely sure what they want from life.
Because if they had challenges, they met all of them already. Better writers than I have been able to crawl under their porcelain skins and silken tresses to find depths that I don't take the time to dig for. I envy and admire those writers, but I can't be one.
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