Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What's Wrong with Readheads?

I'm one myself, but I'm not talking about real people.

I'm talking about heroes. Why, someone asked today, are heroes never short redheads? So I bring the question to you.

What do you want in a hero of a novel, whether it's a romance, western, mystery, adventure, or another genre?


Sandy Cody said...

Interesting question, Laurie Anne. I think what I want most in a hero is humanity. Sure, I want them to be brave, smart, funny, someone who sticks up for the underdog and never gives up, but most of all, I need for them to be human, someone with whom I can identify.

LaVerne St. George said...

Three qualities I like in a hero are attentiveness, competence and integrity. By attentiveness, I mean the focus that the hero has for the heroine (obviously, this plays out prominently in romance). He pays attention to her, listens to her, and considers her, even if he's trying to fight any attraction he feels. I like a hero who is competent in his chosen field. Maybe he struggles in some aspect of his life, but I need to see the hero being really good at something--his work, parenting, friendship, a hobby. Finally, I like a hero who has bone-deep integrity. He has a solid moral code and "walks the talk".

This is a great question, Laurie, one we writers need to note.

Janet Kay Gallagher said...

My first date, age 16, was a readhead with white/blond eyebrows. He was very nice. I had never thought of using his profile as a hero.

Janet Kay Gallagher said...

Never thought of using my first date,age 16, as a hero charachter. He was very nice, with red hair and very white/blond eyebrows.

Carolyn Brown said...

Laurie Anne,
I've had lots of red haired sassy southern heroines in my books. All of the O'Shea ladies in the Black Swan series have red hair. Haven't ever had a red haired hero, though ...
Carolyn Brown