|If Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) told me to stay put while he went after the bad guys, I’d trust him.|
Lately I have been a reading machine. I barely finish one book and I’m picking up the next. But here’s the thing that’s been bugging me lately. When there is a killer on the loose and the hero says, "Stay here," why does the heroine never listen? They are always following a few steps behind the hero and to me that says she is an idiot who doesn’t listen, thinks she knows best, and wants to get killed. Or they are told not to leave the house because the killer is out there waiting for them and they sneak out anyway. (This happened in the last 5 out of 6 books). I say just kill her and get it over with.
There is a big difference between being an ignoramous and being brave. Brave is when you have a fighting chance (like Dana Scully, Lora Croft or Wonder Woman) and ignorant is being related to dumb and dumber. Ok, I realize that sometimes to move the story along it is necessary. But couldn’t she have a reason not to obey. Like maybe he forgot his gun or she remembers something that will help him beat the criminal or she’s the sharpshooter/karate expert and just never mentioned it. Not just because he’s so bossy, so I won’t listen and that’ll show him.
|Wonder Woman doesn’t need an Alpha Male…she can kick some major butt|
I do suspend belief when I read and I love fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi, but these books I’ve been reading are contempories. No one has any special abilities and I think their brain functions must die in a stressfull situation. I remember one time when my ex was working nights and I was home alone with the baby. I was on the phone with my sister and saw someone trying to get into my kitchen window. I called the police and they told me to hide, which I did with my baby in a locked room. I wasn’t about to go out there with a baseball bat and hit him over the head (which is what I would have like to have done).
It’s kind of like the horror movies when the kids are in the haunted house and people are being picked off one by one. Why don’t they all stay in the same room until help arrives? No, they go into separate rooms and usually alone. If that’s going to happen, just give me a reasonable reason for it. Something my mind can accept (had to go to the bathroom, only phone is in another room, the person really wants to die).
I want my women characters to be smart and reasonable. Capable without being stupid and not so stubborn that she can’t listen to reason. I even like it better when they are the ones to solve the problem.
Well, maybe it’s just me and my current frame of mind. In that case, just ignore me, but know that if we’re ever trapped in a haunted house together, I’m sticking like glue to the whole group. No potty breaks for me.
Bottom Line: Just like in Star Trek…never wear a red shirt. The guys in red shirts always die (really, watch the old episodes).
Enjoy this movie trailer from the movie Scream. They tell you what not do do to become a victim of a scary movie. (I actually enjoyed this movie even though I don’t like horror films).