I have a few things to admit.
The term “carriage accident” makes me grumpy. I never, ever want to see the words “governess” and “agency” put together again. The term “gloved hand” makes me sigh – surely there’s another way to describe two people in the nineteenth century touching each other?
In other words: I’ve read too much historical romance.
But I can’t stop!
In the last few years I’ve drifted into a pattern of picking the “pretty dress” covers out of my sea of review books, and giving them priority over so many other genres. I have no idea why, especially as I thought my One True Love involved a contemporary setting and whole lot of suspense.
I’m becoming tired of the tropes, and I’m becoming tired of what I see as authors learning how to write historical romance from each other, which results in the same words, terms, and situations popping up in book after book after book after book…
I’ve seen a scene from Lisa Kleypas’ hugely popular The Devil in Winter (the one where Evie panics when Sebastian raises his hand, because she thinks he’s going to hit her) replicated in at least half a dozen other historical romances.
I’m tired of all these orphaned heroes and heroines, whose parents died in carriage accidents (SUCH a convenient way to give the young, sexy heroes titles before their time!).
I’m just… tired…
A few years ago I would have argued that it’s the setting and the time period that’s the problem, but I’ve come around to the school of thought that there’s comfort in books set in the Regency (and Victorian) eras. I actually DO want to read that setting. After all, nobody who reads contemporary fiction ever complains that the present day is becoming a boring setting!
But, for me, so many books are starting to run into each other.
I don’t know how to “fix” this. Maybe new authors could spend a little less time trying to copy their favourite authors, and spend a little more time coming up with ideas of their own?
Am I the only one becoming tired of the same old, same old feeling so many books seem to be giving off at the moment?