McVane has kindly thought up some poll ideas for me. (They are hard, you guys!). I thought this topic was particularly apt given two things. First, there are some readers who believe that the best of romance is in the past and that what is being published today is good but will never live up to the “classics”. Second, because publishing is hurting (and because readers are buying more established authors than new authors), publishers are turning to old standbys, re-releasing and re-packaging books that they’ve already paid on advance on and are written by authors who are now considered a success. To some extent, these repackaged books play on the nostalgia of a reader. I just received a copy of the trade paperback version of Black Silk by Judith Ivory and spent the evening petting it.
Do you think that there is a Golden Era of Romance?