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Monday, September 23, 2013

Why do we love Regencies? Let us count the ways!

Lingerie as a clue to a mystery?
In this Regency, YES!

The Regency era as we have come to know it in historical romance fiction represents quite a few qualities. Is there room for any variety?

I want to know!

Best selling Regencies, IMHO, have a few traits in common:

1. Wit or humor is required of hero, heroine and perhaps even in the plot!

2. A fiasco of some sort pops up to challenge the hero/heroine and they must use their noggins to solve the issue. USUALLY it is the woman who has her head screwed on straight, however. Hey, this is romance, donchaknow? NO TooStupidToLive Heroines, please!

3. Balls, gardens, misunderstandings abound.
We must dance, smell the roses and misperceive each other to make it a viable period piece.

4. The hero must be Above the Fray, usually not wishing to marry, though (handtobrow) he must, poor boy, for the sake of (pick one) the family, the estate, daddy, mom, sister in distress, et al.

5. Heroines tend to be smarter than the average gal. Well read, though most were not in that period. Well dressed, if she can afford it. Beautifully underdressed, if she is smart.

My Regencies at Amazon!

4 comments:

  1. Regencies are a favorite guilty pleasure of mine. I

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  2. #4 is the Best!! The hero's quandry makes Regency romances so much fun!!

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    1. Tessie, I have a wonderful time with the heroes...but then, don't we all just love the trouble they have????

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  3. Kat, Me, too! I pop them like candy!

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