There's been a lot of talk about heroines in blogland lately, and how true-to-life they should be. I didn't dive into any of the discussions, but I do have an opinion.
I don't want to read about me.
I read romance for the fantasy of it. I mean, really, how many romance heroes have you come across in real life? I love my husband dearly despite the fact he'd never do half the shit those heroes get up to. Just as well, I'd have taken action long ago.
I've been overweight and introverted most of my life. I don't want to read about a heroine like me. I don't mind if she's got a great body or is known as a great beauty. I only care that she has character and that I like that character. I don't want to be blugeoned by Real Life. I have my own Real Life and I read to escape it, if only for a little while.
That's why I switched to Romance several years ago; it comes guaranteed with a happy ending. With all the shit happening in the world, I need that, I need it badly sometimes.
So, please. Don't write about me. Write about dreams and could have beens. Write attractive people I can root for and care about. Write happily ever afters. It is, after all, why I read.