I can’t be the only one who has picked up a new book only to say…not that again. There seem to be certain things that ALL romance writers use in their books, and I’m getting tired of it. This week we’re going to discuss redheaded heroines, and why we need to kill this trend.
First, let’s just start off by listing all the redhead heroines I can think of: Catherine Crawfield (Night Huntress), Riley Jenson (Riley Jenson Guardian Series), Jinx (Jinx), Nora Grey (Hush, Hush), Clary Fray (The Immortal Instruments), Bianca Olivier (Evernight), Kelley Winslow (Wonderous Strange), Jacinda (Firelight), Quincie Morris (Tantalize), Ellie (Angelfire), Teagan Mcneel (Angel Star), Gwen Skyhawk (The Darkest Whisper), Tayla Mancuso (Pleasure Unbound), Rachel Morgan (the hollows), and there are many, many more. A LOT MORE!
Redheads are beautiful, unique, and rare. Why shouldn’t we use them? Well, because they are RARE. Between 1-2% of the human population has red hair. When you compare that to the percentage of redheads that show up in fiction, we start to see a neglect towards the average woman. What is so wrong with having brown, black, blond, or even grey hair? We’re supposed to be empowering women, but all we’re doing is creating characters that are very different from the average woman–your target audience. So please, let’s kill Redheaded Heroine trend.