The Regency Romance: How Jane Austen (Kinda) Created a New Subgenre – Consensus on Twitter last night, where this article was circulating, is that the title is AWFUL, especially given the fact that the article itself makes the crucially important points that Austen was writing books about her own society and that “it took Georgette Heyer to turn the Regency the period into the Regency the subgenre.” Overall a pretty good article on the evolution of the Regency Romance. I was especially happy to see the myth of Heyer’s Historical Purity unwound:
But even though it’s built with a deep understanding of the period, Heyer’s is still a highly artificial clockwork world, like some eighteenth-century mechanical cabinet curiosity. And she isn’t evoking the Regency purely for the sake of evoking the Regency. Rather, she’s created a highly fanciful backdrop that shows off her characters to maximum advantage. . .
With fame came imitators. Publishing hasn’t changed that dramatically in the last several decades—there’s always somebody chasing success. Heyer was particularly infuriated by Hazard of Hearts, the first historical romance written by Barbara Cartland—Princess Diana’s step-grandmother and noted wearer of outrageous hats. The overlap in names with Heyer’s Friday’s Child are pretty striking: Sir Montagu Revesby and Sir Montagu Reversby, Hero Wantage and Harriet Wantage, Viscount Sheringham and Viscount Sherringham. Heyer wrote:
“Strange that Miss Cartland, so well-informed on such details as the most fashionable color for breeches, and one of the most fashionable tailors of the day, should fall down on the ABC of Regency dress. Hessians were worn with pantaloons, never with breeches.”–Jezebel
Announcing GRNW 2015 Panels and other news! -The 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up will be held on September 26th at the Seattle Public Library. According to the website, panels will include “the changing dynamics in lesbian romance, elevating underrepresented characters, hearing harrowing research stories,” and other topics. The agenda can be found here.
GRNW BookFest – Bigger and Better and still FREE!
Once again, GRNW is taking over the Hotel Monaco after the conference for the GRNW 2015 Book Fest, featuring 50 LGBTQ romance authors, tons of swag, free apps, a tasty cash bar, tables with lots of books and freebies from your favorite publishers Bold Strokes Books, Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, and Riptide Publishing!
We hope you can join us at the main event at the Seattle Public Library on September 26, but just in case that’s not in the cards, come join us that evening, 4pm – 6pm, at the Hotel Monaco for the book fest. It will be a blast! –GRNW
You Don’t Have To Destroy A Book To Love It: A Plea To Readers -Maybe just because I’m a reader who loves to dog-ear pages (I use the Kindle bookmark thing many, many times for any given book), make notes in the margins, highlight passages, and carry my books around with me (virtually) everywhere, I have a hard time generating a lot of sympathy with Claire Fallon’s position that a pristine book is better loved. On the other hand, I do appreciate it when a rare or even jus used book I’ve found isn’t dog-eared to nothingness, so, maybe there’s a little double standard there.
. . . A book is happier handled gently and slotted neatly next to its friends than bent, falling apart, and shoved onto an over-jammed shelf.
Even if you don’t believe objects have feelings, it’s hard to deny this. Pretending that your objects have feelings, treating them as if they do, can be beneficial. You take better care of your possessions, appreciate the happiness they bring you.
When it comes to books, I’ve always on some level believed this. Books act almost as living, feeling beings in my life, so why abuse them? Most of my books are nearly immaculate, spines unbroken and pages free of dog-ears. Among this collection, the beaten-up novels and philosophy tracts I bought secondhand for college courses stand out. And I have to admit, seeing their loose covers and scuffed corners on my bookcase brings me something less than unalloyed joy. –Huffington Post
The cast of Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox covers Blackalicious’ “The Blowup” – Even if you haven’t actually seen Fantastic Mr. Fox, this video mashup is catchy and clever as hell (it’s a great movie, though). –AV Club