No, it hasn’t happened yet. Funny that right when I’m at my most historical romance-obsessed, everyone is saying the subgenre is dead and nobody can rescue it!
There is a great deal of stuff coming out that is very, VERY similar to everything else. This is true. It’s also true that the preference is mostly for a very narrow time period in England, and not many stray from it.
I do, however, love a well-written North American book, and have found some of my favourites in that area. I do also love the traditional British setting and time period.
I attended two sessions about historical romance at the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Canberra in March. Sylvia Day was one of the eight authors part of this, and she said some things that had me wondering.
What she said was that yes, the genre is stuck. But yes, soon someone is going to write a book that will totally revolutionise the genre. She said that maybe it will have a different setting and time period, but she doubts it.
She said it won’t be her who writes it.
She said it’s going to be something so different she can’t even think what it will be.
I have absolutely no idea what this book will be, and I wish I could think of it! It’s exciting, and it will no doubt spur thousands of copycats. I wish I could come up with that idea!
The only problem is that maybe it’s already written. Publishers are into putting out the safe things they know will sell, which might make it hard for a revolutionary book to ever make it.