This was also reprinted in Juliann Fleenor's The Female Gothic (which has a separate entry in this database).
At their best Heroines merely stand (passively) for love, goodness, redemption, and innocence. They are special and precious because they are Heroines. And that is that. (679)
The Modern Gothics are neither love stories nor stories of women-as-victims. They are adventure stories with passive protagonists. (685)