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What is the appeal of Regency period?

The Regency era as we have come to know it in historical romance fiction represents quite a few qualities. And a number of types exist from sweet to saucy and erotic (as in HIS DELECTABLE COOK which is an a quatre!).

But each of the sub-sub-genres share qualities with the others.

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.

Tell me what other traits you see in them—and why you read them!

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Anonymous said...

I read them because I just love historical novels! In regencies, the hero and heroine have to behave 'appropriately' (ahem) which makes passion burn all the brighter! It's an author's dream really because your internal and external conflicts are already there! ;)
Great post, Cerise!

Barbara Elsborg said...

I like their predictability. I've never tried to write on but I really like reading them. They're comfort food on a cold night for me!