As y’all know, I’m working feverishly on Superstar as well as a surprise novella. As Sioux’s character comes to fruition I suddenly realized something; I really LIKE anti-heroines. And I’ve written quite a few of them. I think my first one was Lola from Try a Little Tenderness. I still get hate mail from people who are angry at the way she treated poor Koss. Of course, I also get hate mail from people who don’t like Callie from Rock Star, either, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call Callie an anti-heroine. Lola, ex-stripper turned virologist definitely was. Caja from Hot for Teacher is probably my next most commented on heroine. People absolutely loathe her, but I like her a lot. Then, I’ve always been contrary. Andi from Morning Star is another one who has a tendency to raise people’s ire. The very first review I got on that book was a one-star. The reviewer objected to the Biblical quote at the beginning especially given that the first sentence mentioned Harley’s fuckability. Other people objected to her having a one night stand. Interestingly enough, her mother, Minx, was and still is very popular. Isn’t that funny?
Sioux, the character I’m working on now, is an addict in recovery. She would be Beyonce, if Beyonce went the way of Lindsay Lohan with a dash of Rihanna thrown in. I love this girl like damn and whoa, but I’m thinking y’all might not be feeling her all that much. In fact, she might go down in the Hated Heroines Hall of Hatred (sorry, had to go for the alliteration there). And, as always, I’m sure y’all will let me know about it.
So what do you guys think? How do you feel about the anti-heroine? Or, am I off-base and these characters aren’t really anti-heroines? Hit me up. Let me know.
2 thoughts on “Roslyn and the Anti-Heroine”
I don’t mind anti heroines. I dig ’em. I just think with Sioux, she just didn’t really gel with Thad much. Like, I didn’t understand how they got to know each other (I can get a casual relationship because they travelled in the same circles – in terms of MTV, Grammys parties and such- nothing more), much less believing their chemistry. They were cool characters- just not with each other? Idek.
I guess I’m confused on the notion of anti heroine. I’m guessing it’s a woman who isn’t interested in asking how high when a man says jump. I have always like the lead women in your books. Maybe because they don’t always do what is expected of them. They are interested in self care and taking care of their own needs. I guess it’s kind of like flipping the script on the romance template where the woman has to get the man to change and want commitment. I like that the women have their different issues with relationships and making commitments that mean compromise and change.