Heyer (was: Happy dance of joy)

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Fri Jan 21 21:55:28 EST 2005


On Friday, January 21, 2005, at 12:09 PM, Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne 
Heise wrote:

>> I tend to group Heyer's 18th century romances into the same category 
>> as her
>> Regencies (i.e., romantic comedy that remains a fun read, where the 
>> period
>> works as a necessary part of the setup). The 18th century-set stories 
>> are more
>> obviously artificial "puppet-theater" than the Regencies. But she was 
>> much
>> younger when she wrote them. Once she discovered the Regency period, 
>> I don't think
>> she ever looked back. I tend to agree with Minnow that Regency Buck 
>> is faintly
>> off-putting. It was her *first* Regency and she was puffing off her 
>> research
>> to excess. She was also using stock 18th century puppets in a Regency 
>> setting
>> which didn't quite work. She soon figured out that she needed to make 
>> them just
>> a little less artificial in their behavior for Regencies. She didn't 
>> always
>> get the balance right, but she did far more often than not.
>
> *giggle* I was just thinking of how much I still enjoy _These Old
> Shades_, despite the tinge of Historical Romance for the Dominance Set.
> :)

Ethel M. Dell wrote a book with the major plot device of _These Old
Shades_.  Her heroine was _much_ less innocent.

I _think_ it was _Charles Rex_.

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