The Quiet Ones

It’s strange how hard a topic this was for me to write about. I mean, when I’m crafting a story, my heroine is the first thing I think about. Who is this woman? What are her quirks? Would I go hang out with her, or would we not get along? That’s my approach as an author. As a reader/viewer, I strangely find myself drawn to different heroines – the quiet ones.

bo (1)Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a kick-ass heroine. My favourite character right now is Bo from Lost Girl. She’s smart, sexy, funny and can stand on her own. She’s very much falls into the Buffy template for TV heroines. And Buffy…oh how I lover her and her story arch.

But some of my favourite movies, the ones that I watch over and over all seem to have a common thread – a heroine who I’d consider to be quiet. She’s not a pushover, she has very strong


convictions, but she’s not one to put herself out in front. She works in the background, and it’s there that she catches the attention of the hero.

Mary Balogh’s Slightly Sinful centres around Rachel York, a young woman who takes up   with three prostitutes and an injured soldier to help them get their fortune back. She saves the hero and wins his heart, all without trying to.
n and sMargaret Hale in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is a

bit more forward, but that is because circumstances force her to the foreground. She doesn’t want to be there, but after having been pulled from her quiet life in the South, she has no choice to adapt. (Disclosure: I totally watch this miniseries for Richard Armitage. That kiss at the end? GUH!)

Jane Eyre, Anne Elliot from Persuasion, they also have these same characteristics. For me, there is something refreshing about a story that focuses on a woman who I see more like myself. While I might want to be a super spy ninja, I know I’d rather support the person who has taken up that role.

So who are some of your favourite “quiet” heroines?


The Quiet Ones — 3 Comments

  1. I normally prefer the brash, outspoken heroine. So I haven’t given the quiet heroine a lot of thought. I do admire quiet strength. It’s what I admire about Joan Watson’s character on Elementary.

    Joan’s quiet strength and understated brilliance are a perfect balance to Sherlock Holmes and his brash, outspoken, I’m-always-right demeanor. I also love the way each of their personalities is slowly influencing the other. I swoon over their relationship and how it grows each week, which is funny since they aren’t romantically involved.

  2. Oh, my gosh, you’ve made me think…I’ve held off commenting on this because I’m trying to come up with a good answer. I know that in books I read as a kid, I often loved the quiet ones, Beth March in Little Women and Trixie Belden’s friend Honey Wheeler. I think the quiet ones are often the secondary characters, and maybe that explains why many times I like them better than the heroines.

    Great post!

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