Saturday, October 29, 2005

Beating the blues : feel good books

Feeling low? Tired of reality? Welcome to the world of Regency ( I had wrongly written Victorian here before!) Romance. I looked up the meaning of romance in dictionary and one of the meanings was "a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural".
Romance novels by Georgette Heyer are exactly that minus the supernatural.

Wait! Don't you stop reading thinking that its probably the usual trash about boy meets girl, some misunderstandings happen, get sorted out after much confusion and they live happily ever-after. Sure her novels have some of that but thats not what its about.

Georgette Heyer can be exteremely witty. Her characters especially her heroines are always the spirited kind, a little different from the rest. Her heroines cut a dash in the High Society (as she might put it) inspite of themselves. The love angle is a part of the story and its always they lived happily ever-after.

But before we get to that, there are several escapades from the normal (that is if you thought going to balls, trying to get married or make your uncle buy your way into the Hussar regiment was normal)
several balls, some invitations to the palace, a conversation with the Prince (often the shockingly flirtatious, sometimes gaudy kinds), perhaps a hot exchange with a money lender, a landlord and more.

Its my escapade to the fantastic world where people worry about which horses to buy, which carraige befits a woman, which dress to wear to the next ball, being direct at the cost of being social outcasts, becoming a dandy, learning Mr.Blummer's carvat styles....

I recommend you to give "The Black Sheep" a shot to start off with and get addicted!

PS:Have to warn you that Georgette Heyer also writes suspense novels which I have never read, so have no opinion on them!


Blogger littlecow said...

"heroines are always the spirited kind, a little different from the rest"

Long live Georgette Heyer! :-)

10:51 AM  
Blogger ligne said...

I am not sure she' still alive actually!! Online search tells me she died in 1974. Here is a website dedicated to her.

11:46 AM  

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