Last week I talked about what makes a good male lead, so it's only fair that I talk about what makes a good female lead this week. Now, there are a ton of strong female leads out there, and while I love a girl who can handle herself, I don't like a girl who doesn't show a softer side.
If you've read THE IMMORTAL RULES, you know Allison becomes a vampire, but not a monster. She retains her humanity. She's strong, yet caring. To me, that's a great combination. I like my female leads to show strength as well as compassion, and Allison does this well.
I also liked Sophie in HEX HALL. She struggled with her abilities, but she didn't let her struggles get her down. She pushed through them. I like that because it adds a realistic kind of conflict to a paranormal story. Having to struggle to come to terms with who you are is something just about everyone experiences and can relate to.
So, I guess, male or female, I like my lead characters to show different sides to their personalities. That makes them real and likable.
Who are your favorite female leads and why?