That was good!
I wanted to offer some final thoughts and reflections, but I’m pretty much speechless and overwhelmed by every single one of the contributions. The guest posts speak for themselves and pretty much scream that our love and appreciation for the heroine is alive and well.
If there’s something I learned this week, is that our relationship with these characters is complex and personal. In a way, heroines (in Romance in particular, but also in literature in general) offer us a space to explore different aspects of ourselves, as well as serve as tools to reflect issues affecting women. But there’s still a long way to go, and my wish is that Heroines and the books they inhabit become more welcoming and diverse.
I will forever be grateful to the bloggers and authors who made Heroine Week possible. When I first came up with the idea, my plan was to have enough contributions to post one article each day, so saying that the week succeeded my expectations, would be an euphemism.
The posts were outstanding, and the support was overwhelming. Thanks to everyone who read, commented, tweeted and posted on Facebook.
Hopefully, next year we will get to do it again (“Heroine Week 2014” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?). I promise to be even more inclusive (we all could use posts about Lesbian and Trans* heroines) and to plan things more in advance. Now that I have the experience, I should probably put it to good use. And of course, feedback is welcome and encouraged, so don’t hesitate to contact me.
In the meantime, Romance Around the Corner is back to its not-so-regularly scheduled blogging.
Until next year!