Saturday, January 2, 2010

Handicapped Heroines who Get a Guy (Version 1.0)

I've been meaning to post a list "when I get it done." I just realize I may not fully finish for quite a while. Two books are on order, and two more are mentally noted, one of which probably will eliminate itself, but the other shouldn't. {Smile}

I think it's time to stop stalling, and share what I've found so far that I feel fairly certain of. If I don't, this could turn a project all too similar to my Aunt Kitty's family tree. She promises Dad she'll share it "when it's done," but you don't finish family trees. {Smile}

Handicapped Women Who Get a Guy with No Copout

Fictional Woman – Minor Character

Myste is the hero’s love interest in Exile’s Honor and Exile’s Valor by Mercedes Lackey. She’s not a major character, and their relationship isn’t a major plotline. At least it’s there.

Fictional women – Major Characters

Barbara Gordon/Oracle in the TV series Birds of Prey is courted by a male counselor at the school where she teaches by day. The ending wasn’t happy, but that was the villain’s fault, not either Barbara’s or the counselor’s. She’s also in Batman and related comics. She does have two or three romantic interests in the comics, but those romances seem to be on again, off again. The TV series’s romance was steadier.

Veronica Spencer in Vows of the Heart by Susan Fox is on crutches due to a car accident. It’s a modern, realistic romance.

Real Woman

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the poet, eloped with Robert Browning, also a poet, in 1846, after two years of courtship. She was in frail health at the time. She got better, then worse again, but probably was never hardy. They had one son together. They lived in Italy until her death in 1861. So far, her biographical entries have tended to cover their relationship in significantly more detail than his. {smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin


  1. Ok, this is roundabout. There's this movie that's mentioned numerous times in Sleepless in Seattle. In fact, Sleepless in Seattle is based on it. I can't remember the name of the other woman, but this saucy woman meets this famous baseball player and womanizer on an airplane and they fall in love. They are supposed to meet at the top of the Empire State Building, but when she goes to get there, she is in a terrible car accident, ends up wheelchair-bound and never make it.

    He thinks this means she doesn't love him. However, he refuses to accept this, tracks her down and loves her despite her being in a wheelchair. So he fell in love with her when she was out of the wheelchair.

    Ok, starting up IMDB . . .

    It was An Affair to Remember. However, I believe I saw a modern version, because the version I saw started on an airplane.

  2. Thanks. I'll have to rent that one sometime, and check it out. {Smile}

    Poking around a little, I found three versions. The first and third were called "Love Affair," and the third does involve an airplane. Only the second version was called "An Affair to Remember." {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  3. Any luck finding more books/movies?

  4. I haven't made any more entries in the file I copied this list out of. I have expanded a few, but I don't like to add something until I look it over myself. {Smile}

    However, I have two books on order that should be arriving in a couple of days. I also have a few more leads, including one movie and maybe a handful of books. I really ought to go to check if the library has some of these. Or at least see what the

    Thanks for asking. {SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  5. Well, I wish you luck. Maybe you should write this book--sounds like an untapped market!

    Also, don't you love getting books in the mail? It's one of my favorite things!

  6. Thnaks. I'm slowly trying to write something, tho I don't guarantee it's a book. {SMILE}

    Yes, I do love getting books in the mail. Mom sometimes orders them from her book club. {SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  7. There was a time when I was in at least 4 book clubs. Because books are like crack. And crack is addictive. Like books. Right? :-P

    The last address I have for you is in Hilo, Hawaii. I'm assuming you haven't moved. Let me know otherwise. xoxo

  8. Yes, book sare addictive. I swear I got withdrawal symptoms when I accidentally left the book-brik i was currently reading at home one day in high school. {wink, SMILE}

    Yes, I'm still living in Hilo. I haven't moved, and I'm not likely to. At this point, we have too much stuff too scattered around to want to have to pack it all up to move. {SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin