Thinking about my list of seven male characters has actually helped me quite a lot in solidifying some things about John Grant, who is the male protagonist in Tied to the Tracks. In the hope that lightning will strike twice, here’s a preliminary list of female characters who work especially well for me. Again, this is in no particular order, and I’ve put my own main character at the bottom for the purposes of comparison.
Three more things I’ll be thinking about as I try to deconstruct what makes a female protagonist work for me: (1) unlike my list of male characters, most of these women come out of traditional romance; (2) Each of these women has a male counterpart who I like a great deal, but who didn’t make it onto the other list. (3) I can think of another five female characters who probably deserve to be on this list.
|Elizabeth Bennett||Pride and Prejudice||Jane Austen|
|Marie Du Gard||Dance||Judy Cuevas (Judith Ivory)|
|Maddy Timms||Flowers from the Storm||Laura Kinsale|
|Melanthe||For My Lady’s Heart||Laura Kinsale|
|Aeryn Sun||Farscape||of course, of course|
|Hannah Trevor||Hearts and Bones||Margaret Lawrence|
|Elizabeth Middleton||Into the Wilderness||S.D.|