I love Korean dramas. I watch them religiously and relentlessly. Who doesn’t love drama, conflict, and the inevitable love triangle? Throw in a little death, amnesia, and uncertain paterntiy and you’ve got me hooked.
One theme that I find persists in many of the dramas I watch is the Cinderella herione. You know the type, she is unjustly persecuted. She’s often an orphan, and taken advantage of by almost everyone she encounters. And we watch her fail and rise again like a phoenix because we are assured by this trope that our endangered, imperiled, battered heroine is going to emerge triumphant. And she does.
While I like these women in my dramas, I don’t like to write about them. Instead, my own heroines would probably be classified as ‘prickly pears.’ They’re women who are hard to love. They have problems, baggage, and internal struggles. Sophie Reid in Puppy Love is one example.
Any man can love a selfless martyr. There are no shortage of fictional heroes to run to her aid. But, I think it takes a special man to love a difficult woman. He has to be strong, secure, and truly in love to put up with the virtual daggers a prickly pear throws.
I’ve been musing on types of heroines because I just got my first blogger review of Puppy Love, and the first reaction to my difficult heroine. Click here to read my first review and let me know how you like your heroines.