Two weeks ago, Marji Laine gave us information on Archetypes for Your Hero. Today, she's back to talk about various types of heroines. -- Sandy
Marji: Once you have a great hero, he needs a fabulous heroine. Again, Tami D. Cowden’s book, , provides an excellent diving board along with Hippocrates temperaments and Carl Jung’s personality categories.
- is totally in control. (Hippocrates=choleric, Jung=visionary) She has her plan, and has no problem spouting orders to accomplish her goals. Margaret Tate in “The Proposal makes a perfect example, as does Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada.”
- is an expert. (Hippocrates=melancholy/choleric, Jung=thinker) She unearths things others miss because she’s committed to her projects. Think Kathleen Turner’s character in “Romancing the Stone,” Marian the Librarian in “The Music Man,” and Abby Scuito on the TV show NCIS.
- is the damsel in distress. (Hippocrates=phlegmatic/sanguine, Jung=”nurturer”) She needs rescuing, though she harbors inner strength. Maybe not every Disney princess, but more than half fit this category, as does Juliet, Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” and Buttercup in “The Princess Bride.
- is the mommy, nurse, or teacher. (Hippocrates=phlegmatic/melancholy, Jung=caregiver) Happy to be in the background, she’ll encourage when needed or give swift kicks in the right direction. Mrs. Crawley of Downton Abby, Eleanor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility, and Mary Poppins round out this group.
- is a manipulator. (Hippocrates=choleric/melancholy, Jung=inspirer) Though her name reeks of sexuality, this woman will use anything to achieve her goals. Think Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, Evita, Cleopatra, and Black Widow from “The Avengers.”
- is artistic, uninhibited, and spontaneous. (Hippocrates=melancholy/sanguine, Jung=idealist) “The Little Mermaid,” Jane Austen’s Emma, and Phoebe from the TV show “Friends” make good examples.
- is a grown-up tomboy. (Hippocrates=sanguine/phlegmatic, Jung=giver) She’s just one of the guys, seldom seen in a romantic light. Lucy from “While You Were Sleeping” fills this category, as does Kathleen Kelly in “You’ve Got Mail,” Gidget and Maryann from the TV show “Gilligan’s Island.”
- is the female version of the warrior. (Hippocrates=sanguine/choleric, Jung=duty-fulfiller) She’s prepared to go down fighting if need be. Think Helen Hunt from “Twister,” Ziva from the TV show NCIS, and Sandra Bullock’s character in “Miss Congeniality.”
Is there a particular archetype for heroines that you like to use in your stories? Do you have a favorite one to read about? Which one are you using now?
Marji is a homeschooling mom of 4 with the oldest a graduate of UT Dallas. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Her first publishing credit, a collaborative novella, The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt, soared to Amazon's best-selling list and a second, A Ruby Christmas, is due out in December. She hosts the Faith~Driven Fiction Blog.