I just finished a book this week and the heroine and I almost got into a fight!
Yes, I know she’s a fictional character but I don’t care. I still didn’t like her! It wasn’t because she was too angry or anything. In my honest opinion, she just wasn’t likable. At all. She seemed bratty and nasty for no reason. This is the second time this has happened to me in a month so I wondered if that’s a new trend in writing.
I’m asking because for as long as I’ve read romance I have had an affinity for the heroine. I’ve felt a kinship for her no matter what and I have always rooted for black heroines in romance. Our experiences where not necessarily the same but I could always empathize with her and like her. With the two heroines that I recently read about; one of them redeemed herself towards the end but I still don’t care about the other one. I also don’t care about her happily ever after (HEA). So I’m wondering if you can still care about the story but really dislike the heroine.
How important is it to you that the heroine of a book is authentic? By authentic, I mean does she have to be relatable or likable? Does the author need to redeem the heroine if she was initially unlikable?