Cinderella or Scarlett O'Hara?
Do you hope she will find a kinder way to deal with people, or that somewhere along the way she's going to get what you feel she deserves?
Do you admire her cunning methods to get what she wants, using whatever weapons she has, or are you more sympathetic to the kind-hearted miss who is abused by everyone but is still kind to stray kittens and gets the rewards at the end by luck rather than judgement and scheming?
The heroine of my latest book, Royalist Rebel, was definitely a Scarlett. She was also a real woman in a time where if she hadn't devised a plan, the conflicting factions would have destroyed her, her family and her whole future.
Elizabeth refused to give in, played both sides of the game, dined with the Puritans and spied for the Royalists, keeping them both on side for the sake of her family and later her children. She never apologised or explained her behaviour, kept her activities under wraps and let her enemies and friends think what they liked and became a Duchess in the end.
Do you love to hate Scarlett, the flawed heroine, or do you wish you could be more like her? Or is Cinderella the true heroine who triumphs despite adversity instead of being defeated by it?