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Writing Life

Heroines

So continuation of Tami Cowden’s archetypes.

Who’s your favorite heroine?

The eight heroine archetypes

The BOSS: a real go-getter, she climbs the ladder of success. This is a “take charge” female, who accepts nothing but respect. Reaching her goal post the most important thing in life to her, and she isn’t bothered by a few ruffled feathers along the way. Think Annette Bening in American Beauty, Candice Bergen in Murphy Brown, Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth.

The SEDUCTRESS: an enchantress, she gets her way. This is a lady who is long accustomed to sizing up everyone in a room the minute she enters. Mysterious and manipulative, she hides a streak of distrust a mile wide and ten miles deep.  Cynicism guides her every action, and her tough sense of survival gives her the means to do whatever is necessary to come out ahead.  Think Liz Taylor in Cleopatra, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, Vivian Leigh in Gone With the Win. Madonna in Evita.

The SPUNKY KID: gutsy and true, she is loyal to the end. She is a favorite of many writers, and for good reason.  You can’t help but root for her.  She’s the girl with moxie.  She’s not looking to be at the top of the heap; she just wants to be in her own little niche.  She’s the team player, the one who is always ready to lend a hand. Think Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle, Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, Mary Tyler Moore in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act, Fiona in Shrek.

The FREE SPIRIT: eternal optimist, she dances to unheard tunes. Playful and fun-loving, she travels through life with a hop, skip and a jump, always stopping to smell the flowers and admire the pretty colors.  She acts on a whim and follows her heart, not her head.  Think Jenna Elfman in Dharma & Greg, Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy, Alicia Silverstone in Clueless.

The WAIF: a distressed damsel, she bends with the wind. She’s the original damsel in distress. Her child-like innocence evokes a protective urge in the beastliest of heroes.  But don’t be fooled, because the WAIF has tremendous strength of will.  She won’t fight back; she’ll endure. Think Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits, Peta Wilson in La Femme Nikita, Demi Moore in Ghost, Halle Barry in Monster’s Ball.

The LIBRARIAN: controlled and clever, she holds back. She’s prim and proper, but underneath that tight bun lurks a passionate woman. Dressed to repress, she might be the know-it-all whose hand is always up in class, or maybe she is the shy mouse hiding in the library.  Think Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone, Ellen Barkin in The Big Easy, Shelley Long in Cheers, Gillian Anderson in The X-Files.

The CRUSADER: a dedicated fighter, she meets her commitments. No shrinking violet, no distressed damsel, here.  This lady is on a mission, and she marches right over anyone in her way.  Tenacious and headstrong, she brushes off any opposition to her goal.  Think Diana Rigg in The Avengers, Sigourney Weaver in Alien, Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Lucy Lawless in  Xena, Warrior Princess

The NURTURER: serene and capable, she nourishes the spirit. Not always Suzy Homemaker, this lady takes care of everyone.  She is a wonderful listener, and a joy to have around, this heroine takes care of everyone.  She’s serene, capable and optimistic. Think Michelle Pfeiffer in Ladyhawke, Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind, Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins

I’ve never written the nurturer except as a minor character. I wonder what that says about me. I’ve never had skills related to home-anything, not decorating for sure.  I dont think I’ve written spunky kid either… hmmm…

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