So, mostly people have been talking about their heroes, and although I love a sexy hero (especially one who can DO things with his hands) as much as the next gal, I decided I’d talk about my all-time favourite heroine! She’s actually the girl that played a big role in influencing my early writing, which was very much wannabee chick-lit.
No… it isn’t Elizabeth Bennett (although pretty damn close) or Scarlet O’Hara, not Stephanie Plum or Kristy from The Baby-sitter’s Club (hey, I was a BIG fan). Let’s drumroll for…
BRIDGET JONES (the fantabulous brain child of the talented Helen Fielding).
I picked up a copy of this book on a return flight from London in my late teens or early twenties. I was already dabbling in writing, after a broken heart (long story, in plenty of other places on the web), but wasn’t really sure what I wanted to write. I read Bridget Jones and felt immediately jealous that I hadn’t written this awesome book. It had the kind of heroine we can all relate too – someone working hard in their career who also wants someone to love them just as they are. Someone who is easily sympathetic by all the embarrassing situations she (and her family) get her into. I think all of us at some stage have had a mammoth crush on someone who barely looks twice at us – just another reason why Bridget is easy to love and empathise with.
She’s also a sassy, witty and clever heroine as is obvious in her oodles of diary entries. Oh and she’s failing in her effort to lose those extra kilos, to give up smoking, etc but she’s still gorgeous and someone everyone wants to be friends with.
This book also has a love triangle (classic romance trope) and two quite sexy heroes (even though ONE is more sexy than the other)!
Y’all must know the similarities between Bridget Jones and Jane Austin’s Pride & Prejudice, although Elizabeth Bennet embarrasses herself a little less than Bridget, she’s also one of my favourite romance heroines. She is loyal, has values and in the end she gets the guy of her dreams (and let’s face it, everyone else’s)!
You can imagine my excitement when earlier this year, I heard that Helen Fielding has penned a third instalment of the fabulous Bridget!! Apparently this book takes Bridget into the era of Twitter (yippy – wonder if it’ll be Tweets instead of diary entries) and Internet Dating (oh my… I can just imagine)! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy and am counting down the days till September when it arrives in my mail box!
I’m curious who is YOUR favourite romance heroine – one you’ve read or one you’ve written! And/or what book are you DESPERATE to read? I’ll pre-order MAD ABOUT THE BOY (in print) for one lucky commenter!! Entries from anywhere in the world welcome
Competition closes Thurs 4th July and winner will be announced on my Twitter and FB feed on Friday 5th July.