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...and want a good laugh, I highly recommend the Regency Romance in 2 Minutes.

I think the original blog is in Swedish, but the post is in English, so no translation worries there.

The funny thing is, I haven't even read any recent Regency romances, but I've read enough reviews of current ones to guess this is all pretty spot on. Oh, dear. :-P

Date: 2010-07-06 12:25 am (UTC)
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Poor Count Buttweasel!

...I wish we could have seen the butler magic. 8D

Date: 2010-07-07 01:42 am (UTC)
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Count Buttweasel was my favorite.

See, if I were writing these things, I probably would have the heroine run off with the butler.

This could be why I'll never be a million-selling author. :-P

Date: 2010-07-06 01:25 am (UTC)
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THAT IS AWESOME! It sounds like the Bold & Stupid Men from RenFaire. Hysterical. =D

Date: 2010-07-06 03:31 am (UTC)
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Bahahahaha! Oh it's so true, it makes me ashamed of my occasional indulgence.

Date: 2010-07-07 01:43 am (UTC)
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Hey, at least you're not so invested that you can't laugh at this stuff...

Date: 2010-07-06 08:13 am (UTC)
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This makes me rather glad I stick to Heyer, but it was very, very funny. *g*

Date: 2010-07-07 01:57 am (UTC)
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What's in a name? That which we call a beast.

Date: 2010-07-07 02:12 am (UTC)
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Heroine: Everyone knows that reformed rakes make the best husbands, because they have the four qualities women desire most in a husband: sexual prowess, commitment issues, promiscuity, and a diverse selection of venereal diseases!

Bwaaaaaaaaaaa. Now, I recently did read a bunch of Regency Romances since I systematically went through a romance reading list because I'm sick and masochistic, so, alas, that's dead on.

Out of the 36 books I tried, I'd say only 4 are authors I'm absolutely left wanting to read more of--and 3 of them, Du Maurier, Stewart and Heyer are dead. That leaves Crusie... Who does NOT write Regency.

Date: 2010-07-07 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and I saw that entry and wanted to read it, but that was right in the middle of my editing nightmare last month. I'll have to go back and take a look when I'm done with the current sewing nightmare. :-P

Mary Stewart is in my list of top five favorite authors ever. I don't think I've read one thing of hers that I didn't like.

Date: 2010-07-07 11:18 pm (UTC)
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I don't like being a reading snob, and I have contempt for those who look down their nose at science fiction and fantasy. But you know, especially after reading through that, you can't say I didn't try with romance. If that is the best of romance, then romance is in trouble. A third of the books had a forced marriage/union and in nine of them the heroine was out and out raped by the romantic hero she falls for--and no, those weren't by and large old 70s bodice rippers (though there was one on that list) but books written within the last five years (especially prevalent it seems in "paranormal" romance.)

And the styles? Almost none of those writers could hold a POV to save their lives.

Mary Stewart is in my list of top five favorite authors ever. I don't think I've read one thing of hers that I didn't like.

I'd read and loved her Merlin Trilogy but had never tried her romances--the one I did, Nine Coaches Waiting was a treat--second only to Du Maurier's Rebecca on that list.


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