Sunday, April 1, 2012
The Genre I Read But Don't Write
In general, historical romances are a favorite of mine, but for some reason, the regency period has always been my targeted area of interest.
So...why don't I write one?
Good question. Lame answer. I guess I'm kinda lazy about researching all the rules needed to write a "correct" regency book. While I love reading about polite society, the "Season", and the Ton, I don't have a grasp on all the elements to feel secure enough to write one.
My favorite regency book? The Lemon Cake by Judith Stafford. As I discard print books in favor of ebook, my print version the The Lemon Cake will be a keeper. I've read it many times and love how the elements of the rules of that time are woven into an enjoyable romance book.
I also like reading books that are around 50,000 words. Longer historical romances, though interesting, are too "slow" for me. I want a "fast" read. Just my own quirk in reading romances. That doesn't mean I won't read a longer book...because I've read lots of them...but my attention is always drawn to shorter books, especially regency romances.
And, I read other genres...especially since I write them!
There are lots of websites explaining the "ins" and "outs" of the regency era and I've listed one below. I could use that to help in writing a regency...but maybe that fear of making a mistake and having a reader point out my blunder makes me hesitate to try.
Resource for Readers of Regency Romance Novels: Good Ton http://thenonesuch.com/
Jane Austen writes the era to perfection. I love both the book and movie, Emma. The book below would certainly explain her point of view on regency romance rules.
But I still hesitate attempting to write a regency. Maybe that'll be a genre I'll enjoy just as a reader!
As a writer, is there a genre you hesitate to try writing in? Or, have you faced the challenge and created something you didn't think possible?
Readers, have you tried a new genre you didn't think you'd like?
Posted by Marianne Stephens at 12:01 AM