Blame It on Austen

Why is Regency Romance so popular? Notice how the romance section of your local bookstore contains a vast amount of books set in Regency England.

Why is that? And why is it that present-time writers still produce stories for this era?

Whether deserved or undeserved, I’m crediting Ms Jane Austen for the Regency Romance popularity. Personally, Pride and Prejudice was the first romantic book I encountered for this era. And I really loved it. Because what’s not to love?

  • The very eloquent hand-written letters.
  • The beautiful Regency-era clothes
  • The dances (especially the ones that make it look like a whole group is dancing in tandem) *note: please forgive me for being a huge ignoramous about this
  • I especially love the speech pattern of this era. The characters’ word choices and grammar sound so good that it sometimes goes over my head that they are actually insulting each other. LOL

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Unorthodox High School Romance

Whatever happened to “I like this person and I will ask them out?”

Well, for whatever reason, the main characters of the following books don’t seem to have romance (or at least romance with the designated love interest) at the forefront of their high school lives. And technically, there’s nothing wrong with that. But then something outside of their control brings the two together. And then a relationship that soon blossoms into love starts to develop.

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(Spoiler Alert) Dispensing Death without Hesitation

Warning: This article contains spoilers on the books, please be advised.

I just finished “Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter and I feel pretty miserable. The only thing that really motivated me to finish the book was the hope that the main characters managed to get justice for their sister.  Who was one of many girls tortured and killed by sick, twisted monsters (in the figurative sense). In short, I really wanted slow, painful deaths for those villains. Sadly, the ending didn’t really satisfy me. Any form of justice OR VENGEANCE wouldn’t be able to undo the tragedies of that happened to the victims and their families (who are also victims in another way).

Which is why I temporarily turned to those instances wherein I derived a lot of satisfaction from villains get their final comeuppance. Just to take my mind of my melancholy

So first of all, a question: Have you ever felt joy during and even after reading of the death of a particularly despicable character? Then you might appreciate these books

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Retellings: Another Type of Fanfiction?

Fairy Tales like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are so old that no one even knows who originally told these tales. In fact, I don’t think anyone really knows what the original versions are.

These stories have been retold an x number of times that new versions inevitably appear with each retelling. Now in present day, we even get to read published books that pretty much reinterpret or subvert the tales our parents/grandparents/nannies told us in our childhood.

So how many different versions could there be of one particular fairy tale?

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