I've slipped back into a bad habit of staying up till 2 am and sleeping in till 10 each day. I find I'm far more creative at 1 am than I am at 1 pm, which may be why I'm finally getting some serious writing done. I am really enjoying getting back into the habit of really writing again. Not just a few ideas or sketches here or there, but real writing. I've written over 50 pages into a novel! And I'm really enjoying having an outlet for my political thoughts at Swing State Voter.
I am admittedly NOT a Twilight fan. In fact, I'm in the anti-Twilight crowd. I read the first book and finally walked away from it with about 20 pages left because I was so bored and annoyed. I have seen the movies because "Little" begged me to go with her. So I know what they are about and how they end. But I'm not a fan in the least. In fact, they drive me crazy because the central main character and female lead is so spineless. I get that some women want to be rescued and they want drama. I get that. I get that the books appeal to them for that reason. But I found myself completely hating Bella, and likewise finding nothing to like about the other characters who liked her. I just didn't get it.
Which brings me to my point. Can you name a famous story (outside of anything Jane Austen or Little Women) where the female lead finds love and is not anti-romance when the story starts (which would actually rule out Pride and Prejudice and Little Women, come to think of it)? Is there any "classic" or popular book that includes a woman who is strong, intelligent, and looking for love? Where the book is not focusing on her weakness or failure? Is there any story that focuses on the strength of women and celebrates her for being a good, virtuous, or strong woman without making her strengths the reason she is single?
Help me out here friends! Because I really can't think of one story that fits that description.