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I Witch I Could Think of a Favorite Heroine

Maureen Bonatch
Maureen's vivid imagination, and a love of sarcasm, help her craft stories full of fun, magic, mayhem and a touch of mystery.
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My favorite fictional hero or heroine? That can change depending upon what book I’m immersed in at the time. Although after some contemplation, I realized there was someone who stood out in my mind. A heroine, of course, because I do enjoy a good kick ass heroine who can take care of herself—plus a little magic always helps.

Witch One Did I Pick

I talked about a favorite childhood book here, and my favorite settings here, but a favorite heroine? How do I narrow that down?

I like to read a variety of genres but my favorite always comes back to paranormal, fantasy and a sprinkling of suspense. Sprinkling in a little humor is always a plus if it’s done well. Therefore, that heroine who fit most of that criteria is Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison’s urban fantasy books, The Hollows. You can’t get much more kick ass than a badass, bounty hunter in a world full of the supernatural.

Picking My Favorite

There are other heroines who might fit this mold that I’ve read, but the way Rachel drew me in for not one book, but for all 13 books in the series says how much I immersed myself in that world.

Kim Harrison HeroineSo, it wasn’t just Rachel, it was the cast of secondary characters that came along with the story. Because despite having magic, or being witches or demons, the heroines that I love have a little reality within them and show it with their vulnerabilities. They need a little help from their friends, or they acknowledge that they aren’t invincible, or that they’re not perfect.

Magical or not, they are a little human like the rest of us.

Ever After Effect

When I say that I really loved The Hollows books and Rachel and all her crew, I mean it. I loved them in a way that I didn’t just buy the kindle book, for some of them I bought the hardback novel as well. Just because I had to have it. Or I ordered directly from the author to obtain an autographed copy of the book.

I felt like I was part of that world and lived vicariously through Rachel. Although she empowered me in many ways, I don’t think I’ll ever have the courage to wear the leather pants that Rachel loves.

Let’s Hear it for the Boys

I did say I usually love a heroine, but occasionally I find a favorite hero. If I had to name one it would be Dean Koontz’s character Odd Thomas. If you haven’t read the series, they pack as much fun and suspense as Odd’s name.

Can You Pick a Favorite?

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  • Diane Burton
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    Great post, Maureen. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite heroine or a hero. Even choosing a favorite from my own works because I always love the ones in the book I’m writing. Best wishes, Maureen.

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