I promise you that the title of this post was not clickbait. :) According to a couple of my readers, I have written books with unlikeable heroines. Let me give you a few examples of what their reviews said:
“I didn’t like (the heroine) very much, for a Christian, she was too judgemental.”
“(The heroine) was so unlikeable! God loves her anyway so I suppose it served its purpose to reflect that.”
“I have to admit I had a hard time relating to (the heroine), so I couldn’t grasp why (the hero) was so drawn to her.”
Now, I’ll gladly admit that my skin has grown thicker since I became an author and I know not everyone will (or has to) like my stories. So, thankfully, these reviews didn’t bother me too much. They did, however, make me think. Are the leading women I’ve written really as unlikeable as these readers say? After some reflection, I realized, why yes, they are! And you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that.
I’m perfectly fine with writing heroines who are loud-mouthed, standoffish, hardened, uptight, and stubborn. (By the way, these are all words other reviewers have used to describe my heroines. LOL). I aim to write female characters who have made mistakes, been hurt, and are broken. They have real problems and aren’t perfect, by any means. So, why do I write such unlikeable heroines? For these three reasons: I like creating characters that (hopefully some) readers can relate to; to show a character’s growth throughout a story; and lastly, because it means so much more when a hero loves a heroine in spite of her flaws.
Which is exactly like how God loves us, even with our brokenness.
As it says in Romans 5:8 (NIV): “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
This is why I write unlikeable heroines, so that readers will understand that while we may be unlikeable at times, we are never unloveable.
What kind of heroines do you prefer reading about? Please share in the comments below. I look forward to reading your answers!