A Trip Through Time and Fiction Part 1: Regency Romance

Yipes! Again it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. ='(  It’s amazing how busy life can get! Anyway, I’ve seen some movies and read several books since I lasted posted, so at least I have something to talk about. There are a couple things especially I’ve been spending my time on: Georgette Heyer and Doctor Who. As such, I’m going to split this into two posts or just seeing this post will be enough to stop someone from reading it.

Georgette Heyer was an author who wrote a good number of Regency romance novels (not the Harlequin stuff, but more along the lines of Jane Austen). Her tone, of course, is a bit more modern than the Regency might have been and the novels are a tad formulaic, but sometimes that’s alright. The basic formula is usually this: an unmarried woman in her mid-to-late twenties (and consequently considered “on the shelf”) meets a man who is something of a rake, or used to be a rake, or simply is rich and bored with life and has nagging family members he doesn’t care about. Said woman has young friend or family member who is in love with someone who does not strictly suit and young friend inevitably elopes. Woman takes elopement in stride and marries rake/reformed rake/bored man. There are obviously variations to this (sometimes it’s about a 17-year-old girl going on adventures and marrying a man nearly twice her age) and different twists and turns for each story. But that’s usually how the Heyer cookie crumbles.

Ms. Heyer wrote other books as well, including historical fiction (not specifically romance) and mysteries, both of which I have yet to venture upon. Her romances work well enough for now, and though they may not be great literature, they are certainly some good, innocuous light reading. Ms. Heyer’s writing is also nothing to sneeze at: despite the repetitive nature of the characters in her books, there is always something fresh and new in each; and she has a nice, varied vocabulary. The books are also a nice source of information on the ways of high society in the Regency era. If you’re looking for something a bit more Jane Austenish with less of the romance-y aura about it, though there is still romance in it, try the Pemberley Chronicles. I’m currently on Book 3, Netherfield Park Revisited. This series, too, gets a bit repetitive, but the style in which it is written is much more like that of Jane Austen, the main difference being a dash of politics and a whole lot of deaths.

So, if you’re looking for some Regency era books, besides reading Jane Austen, you should try Frederica by Georgette Heyer and the first Pemberley Chronicles book, aptly titled The Pemberley Chronicles, by Rebecca Ann Collins.


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