I began the year hoping for a few things in the historical romance genre.
I wanted fewer dukes.
Yeah, that’s not happening, is it. Dukes are not just everywhere you look and in almost every book, but now they’re also super spies!
Unfortunately, until someone makes princes the new thing, I think dukes are here to stay.
I was happy to see that Lisa Kleypas’ new series – so far – does not include a single duke!
I wanted more historical accuracy and less anachronistic behaviour on display for the female characters.
The past is the past, and it’s more than a little insulting to imply your heroine is not worthwhile unless she acts like she’s from 2015.
Did I get my wish? Uh… I guess it depends entirely on which author you choose. Some authors do a great job, and some do not.
I thought some more variety with time periods and settings might be nice.
I have been reading quite a lot of Western historical romance this year, and enjoying the change. However, it’s not exactly a new and untapped setting!
I actually don’t mind so much with this point. Some locations and eras are popular for a reason, and I like to read about those.
I wanted authors to have their British characters using British English.
Uh, no change here. Authors: ARSE. Please learn the word – and use it! 🙂
2015 wasn’t that bad a year for historical romance, actually. I read some really good books. I did go through a few periods where I was bored out of my mind, but taking a break and reading something different usually fixed that.