A to Z Challenge – D (WR)

DIt’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators.

D is for Darwin Award Candidate Character  (or the overly stupid characters)

Characters (as well as people) do stupid things sometimes, it happens to the best of us.  But some characters, SOME CHARACTERS really take stupid to the next level.  Why?  Usually because of poor plot.

We tend to see the Darwin Award Candidate heroines in romance novels.  You know what I’m talking about, the heroine who can’t seem to do anything without needing someone (preferably the hero) to rescue her.  Ugh.  As a romance writer and reader, I can tell you, the rule should be, if your heroine has to be saved three or more times, she needs to be re-written at best and scrapped completely (along with your story) at worst.  There, it had to be said – sorry….not sorry.

Favorite darwin award candidate character?  None!  Because they’re annoying!

9 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – D (WR)

  1. Gotta love the Darwin candidates. I actually like them…as long as the author’s doing it on purpose, like in a farce or a parody. If they’re taking it seriously, and all of a sudden the heroine trips and falls for the third time, needing to be rescued, or the hero puts the gun down and walks out of the room…oy. Can we please think of a better way to advance the plot? Hooray for D. Darwin awards are hilarious.

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    • Exactly! But thankfully, not all romance heroines are like that. In the past few years, female characters in romance novels have grown into stronger, smarter women. And we readers are happy. 🙂


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