by KJ Howe
I think it's safe to bet that everyone visiting this blog is an avid reader. What I wanted to touch base on today is whether you prefer ordinary or extraordinary heroes/heroines. Is it more interesting for you to read about a single mom who is thrust into extraordinary circumstances--let's say she is falling in love with a guy who turns out to be a vampire, or do you prefer an extraordinary heroine--let's say an historical heiress with the power of time travel?
Perhaps we like ordinary heroes because we can all identify with their daily woes? Or maybe we wonder if we were thrust into extraordinary circumstances ourselves whether we would be able to rise to the challenge. The only way to test that (other than living a wild life!) is to do it vicariously through an everyday hero in a novel.
How about our fascination with extraordinary heroines? Perhaps we're all attracted to greatness, or those who have specialized skills. We seem to admire the confident and the competent. Maybe we want to understand what makes someone heroic, or even more importantly, the flaws in heroes that makes them human.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on what type of hero/heroine you prefer, or, do you think there is any difference to your enjoyment at all?