I read them and I pass them along, either giving them to friends or building up ridiculous amounts of credit at the local used bookstore (I'm too lazy to sell them).
I've referenced my memory problems more than once on this blog. I read fast, I read a lot, and I don't manage to retain a lot of detail about most books, even those I really, really like.
Lately though, I've come across a few heroines that have really impressed me with their originality and fabulous characterization. Trying to think of a Thursday Thirteen for the week I was inspired by Carrie Lofty's Meg, and I came up with: Thirteen Unforgettable Heroines.
Now, I had to put some parameters on it. These are books that are marketed as genre ROMANCE novels, not fantasy, not UF, not YA, not horror, not even General Fiction.
(Um, except for that first one. Hey, it's my blog, I make the rules and I'll break 'em if I want to.)
These are also not necessarily the most unforgettable books. There are a lot of books I adore because of the hero, or the interaction between the two characters, or a handful of other important things. These are specifically heroines that I love, not just the heroines of books I love. If that makes sense.
1. Scarlett O'Hara (Margaret Mitchell)
2. Sirena (Fern Michaels)
3. Skye O'Malley (Bertice Small)
4. Rosamond (Virginia Henley)
5. Claire (Diana Gabaldon)
6. Esme Brentmore (Loretta Chase)
7. Sugar Beth Carey (Susan Elizabeth Phillips)
8. Francesca Bridgerton (Julia Quinn)
9. Fiona (Christine Warren)
10. Lilith (Meljean Brook)
11. Annique (Joanne Bourne)
12. Verity (Anna Campbell)
13. Meg (Carrie Lofty)
I'm not going to inflict my rationale about each one on you. They're women I remember, and books I love (there are a few that are memorable for being so incredibly bad, but that's not where I'm going with this....)
I'm feeling so lazy tonight I'm not even going to do the links. Maybe I'll put them up tomorrow.
In the meantime, tell me who you think is the most unforgettable romance heroine. Who has stayed with you in your mind's eye even as you burned through new books? What makes them memorable?
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