Jennifer Lyon

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Question of the Day

I’m working, and completely brain dead.  So I’m just going to ask a question for those of you inclined to answer. Who is one of your favorite heroines from books, and why do you think you connected so strongly with her?

11 comments to “Question of the Day”

  1. Viki S.
    February 28th, 2012 at 3:38 am · Link

    I think it’s Larissa Ione’s Sin. We also had similar childhoods. She’s tough as nails (which I used to be) but is really soft on the inside. I always had a guard up like that too. Even my brother said something to me once about my outer shell.

  2. B.E Sanderson
    February 28th, 2012 at 8:25 am · Link

    Ack. I’m horrible at remembering names from books – unless they’re a title character or I’ve read the book a million times (and even then it’s a crap shoot). I know I love Toby Daye from Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series. She’s got moxy, she doesn’t take crap from anyone, and she’s got a soft spot for annoying cats. I always had a connection with Jane Eyre – because despite everything she remains strong. And I love Cherijo Greyveil from S.L. (Lynn) Viehl’s Stardoc series For probably the same reasons I love Toby and Jane.

  3. Silver James
    February 28th, 2012 at 9:24 am · Link

    I didn’t even have to think. Eve Dallas from JD Robb’s In Death series. She’s broken in the first book. Badly. But she gets up each day, faces the worst humanity throws at itself, and maintains a sense of justice and while she might skirt the ethical line, she doesn’t quite fall over it. In subsequent books, her growth and healing is never smooth but somehow she manages to learn how to love but more importantly, how to BE loved.

  4. Jenn
    February 28th, 2012 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Viki, I loved Sin too! She’s probably my fave heroine from that series.

  5. Jenn
    February 28th, 2012 at 12:51 pm · Link

    B.E., LOL on the soft spot for annoying cats. That is such a great character trait, I love that too. It totally humanizes a tough character.

  6. Jenn
    February 28th, 2012 at 12:53 pm · Link

    Silver, I knew you’d say Eve! I love her too. I started the series out of order, but when I went back and read the first one, I was amazed at the transformation of Eve.

  7. Kel
    February 28th, 2012 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Mary from Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward. Not sure why. I think it’s her overall demeanor and that scene where she runs out of the house, leaps into Rhage’s arms, and admits that she’s not okay, it hits me every time. My fiance will be the first to tell you I get tight lipped when something is wrong so I guess I relate to her that way. Plus, her hero is just awesomeness. ;)

  8. Julie
    February 28th, 2012 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Now you’ve done it. You’ve started a conversation where I get to express my opinion on my very favorite things to talk about- books! And not just “worthy” books. Have you noticed how many book snobs there are out there? Get ready for the dissertation, because I couldn’t decide on just one. :cry: And, I’ve been ruminating over this all morning!

    Before I start, I need to say that I usually fall in love with the heros and not heroines. I may like the heroines, but rarely truly love them, even with my favorite books. I’m not really sure what that says about me, but it’s true.

    So here goes:

    1. Kitty Katt from Gini Koch’s Alien series. Why, because she’s everything you wish you could be. Brilliant, witty, gorgeous, funny, athletic, geeky, and attracks every man around her. Completely and totally unrealistic, but that’s why I love her so much.
    2. Kris Bjornsen from Anne McCaffry’s Freedom series. Why, because she’s really strong, a leader, and handles herself in almost the exact way I would in her situation.

    3. Del in Jennifer Roberson’s Sword series. Why, because she’s been dealt a horrible life circumstance- about as bad as it gets, but takes charge of her life- even making decisions that are hard, painful, and contrary to her society. When her mission- her existence for more than 1/2 her life is over, she manages to find a new direction. (Even here I love her hero more!)
    4. Jenny Waynest from Barbara Hambly’s Dragon series. She is a very strange heroine by most standards, really an oddity, but she’s really strong, and so comfortable in herself. I can’t really explain why I like her so much. (But again, I like John the hero ever so much more.) In general I really like this author’s female characters.
    5. Katniss from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games. One of the most mentally strong characters I think I’ve ever read.

    I love Eve too, but honestly forgot her. Many of the others I haven’t read yet. I’m back reading Larissa Ione’s series. Don’t know how I missed her earlier.

    Sorry, definately more than you wanted to know….

  9. Jenn
    February 28th, 2012 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Kel, you’ve made me want to go back and reread LOVER ETERNAL now :-)

  10. Jenn
    February 28th, 2012 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Julie, I did want to know, and thank you for taking the time to explain! I’ve been thinking about this as I’m revising the novella, trying to make the heroine someone readers can connect with on some level. Your answer is great! (All the answers are great).

  11. Shiloh
    March 4th, 2012 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Well I’m quite a bit late but I had finals all week this past week so I’m hoping I’m forgiven! :wink: The first one that comes to mind is Bride in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s book Night Play. I think because she’s a big woman, insecure, but trying to be independent and has a soft heart. I can relate to ALL that! Next on my list would be Rachel from Lora Leigh’s book Lion’s Heat. She is probably my all time favorite heroine! She totally embodies “walk softly but carry a big stick”. I also like Rosamund from Christina Dodd’s Storm of Shadows. I like her because she is brilliant but oblivious, she is a book worm, doesn’t have much in the way of common sense or fashion sense and has an extremely vulnerable heart. Yet she is fierce!

    So that’s my top 3!

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