We at RT love love. Which makes Valentine’s Day basically like our Superbowl and Oscar Night all rolled into one. This year, to celebrate, we’re championing all the amazing fictional women who have inspired us over our lives. Because who runs the world? Girls! All week long authors will be weighing in on their favorite heroine of all time, and readers can vote for their favorite. Then on Friday, we’ll vote amongst the finalists to crown Our Favorite Heroine of All Time! And confetti shall rain down on us all!
My favorite heroine is Sophy, from Georgette Heyer’s The Grand Sophy. Sophy grew up all over the world; she’s inexpressibly elegant, witty, beautiful, and rich. She arrives in London with a mountain of luggage, a pet monkey, a parrot, and a miniature greyhound—and no intention whatsoever of taking direction from a man as stuffy as the Honorable Charles Rivenhall. In fact, the first advice she gives her cousin is that she should never be so foolish as to encourage men to be dictatorial. Since Charles has a naturally stern manner, the two instantly come to blows (metaphorically). Sophy is the ancestor of thousands of plucky, feisty heroines who fight their heroes for equal respect, and win! — Eloisa’s latest, Seven Minutes in Heaven, is out now!
From the first time I cracked the pages on Bridget Jones’s Diary I knew I’d met a kindred spirit. Here was a heroine out looking for love that was so imperfect that she was absolutely perfect to me. (I may have even babbled something to that account years later, in total Bridget fashion, when I got to meet Helen Fielding in person at Book Expo years later). Now there are some that may not consider Bridget a romance heroine in the traditional sense, she drinks, she smokes she hooks up with a guy that is not the hero early often in the book, but it’s Daniel Cleaver so v. necessary and highly important to story hotness and development. So that said, I advocate that Bridget was and still is a fantastic modern romance heroine, living life to her own tune instead of bending to the will of conventions and for that, life bends to her and loves her as she is. — K.M. latest, Insert Groom Here, is out now!
Who’s the best heroine?Follow along all week as we celebrate our favorite heroines of all time — and pick our all time favorite! To pick up Seven Minutes in Heaven, we’ve got you covered: Amazon | BN.com | Kobo | Google Play | iBooks; and for Insert Groom Here, head to: Amazon | BN.com | Kobo | Google Play | iBooks. Happy Valentine’s Week, all!