So as we covered the more cliched stuff yesterday - what makes a good UF heroine?
Obviously it's different things for different readers, but three of my favourites are Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs), Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews) and Elena Danvers (Kelley Armstrong).
A good Urban Fantasy heroine:-
1) - Is not a Mary Sue. If she gets attacked by five ninja vampires she's either going to:-
a) - run away
b) - know this is going to hurt a lot and end with her getting caught
c) - assume she's going to die, and go down fighting
She is not going to kill them all with her mad fighting skills. I think it was mentioned there are FIVE of them and they are VAMPIRE NINJAS!
2) - Is not too proud that she won't hide underneath a car when chased by a psychopath into a parking lot (Bitten by Kelley Armstrong). Come to that, if she's being chased by a psychopath anywhere. That's not to say her pride won't get her into other trouble.
3) - Doesn't wait for the hero to get her out of said trouble, though that doesn't mean she's not grateful when he does. She might not tell him after all...
4) - ...she knows that sometimes her UF hero is going to behave like an ass. (Lol I was going to use the word 'accepts' here instead of 'knows' but figure that's too strong). Sometimes he behaves like an ass because he's gone into overprotective alpha mode. Sometimes he's just being an ass. Eventually she'll learn to tell the difference.
5) - Makes mistakes. (See #1 - not a Mary Sue). Sometimes these mistakes can be fixed with an apology. Sometimes they can't. She does acknowledge these mistakes even if it's only to herself. Her mistakes sometimes come with a high price. She doesn't get away with not paying that price just because she's the heroine.
6) - She and the UF hero will eventually learn to TALK to one another, though this may take three or four books and half the fun is watching them stumble over various misunderstandings on the way. Initially the trust between them may be fragile and easily broken. After all (see #3) sometimes he's an ass.