Being a reader who reads tons of Christian romance novels, I have realized that there are certain things I like in my Christian novels…one of them being having my heroine as a believer. It’s nice if the hero is a believer, but if I only one of them is a believer, I like for it to be my heroine. Now there can be a couple of reasons for this:
1) Most heroines get on my nerves. They just do. They can be vapid or silly or headstrong or stubborn and if they’re saved that usually adds a system of checks and balances. Without Jesus, they just drive me nuts. And let’s not even begin to talk about the saved guy who diligently pursues the unsaved reckless woman. I think because I’m still single that scenario really bothers me. I. Just. Can’t.
2) I have subconsciously allowed for boys to be boys. It is entirely possible that I can put up with unsaved men longer because society tells me that it’s okay for men to be foolish sometimes and for women to not be foolish. This is possible.
3) We are usually in the heroine’s head and I just plain like having a narrator I can rely upon and a saved narrator is (usually) a reliable narrator.
And so I ask you, do you prefer for your hero to be saved or your heroine? And why?