Friday, January 15, 2010

Kick-Ass Heroines

Writing Status - Doing final run through on Dead
Mood - Blech
Playing on ipod - Nada

Today I was reading a story for review, and without giving the title away, I'll simply say it's a paranormal romance with shifters of all kinds.

The hero is one of them. The heroine is human.

Now, I'm all for this kind of thing. Heck, I think most people are. However, I knew immediately that I wasn't going to like the material all that much. Why? Because these shifters are supposed to be these deadly and merciless creatures, yet our heroine, human as she is, manages to not only kick their ass but earn the praise of all the shifters for being so hardcore.


In doing this, the tension goes from high stakes to Bug's Bunny comical. Do you honestly believe that something that can shift into say...I dunno...a panther, and is enhanced by faster reflexes and strength, would get his/her butt kicked by measly human? Now, if she used a gun or a weapon to get the job done (and a little hand-to-hand self defense in between), that's an entirely different matter. But when it's face to face, do or die, come as you are -- nope, ain't happening.

Do any of you know what I'm talking about? Have you read a story like this?

Back to reading and the last of the edits. I know I should be working but my brain (and heart) just aren't in it today.


Kaye Manro said...

I'm with you. It sounds like this author didn't really know her characters or her plot well. It stuns me that this kind of stuff is getting pubbed now. Why? I've had to work so hard and learn, study, learn more-- yet I refused to submit anything until I'd edited it to death. So maybe I'm extreme. But still... I don't understand how this stuff slips by.