You are never too old to enjoy Jane Austen. This is a heartwarming article that at any age, Jane’s novels can be relevant and enjoyable.  Have you read one lately? Mrs Wilson wants teachers to encourage their students to interpret authors such as Austen through the prism of their own experience, rather than focusing solely on the features of the text, or its cultural and political context. Source: After achieving her PhD at 88, Ruth wants a Jane Austen-led reading revolutionContinue Reading

John is a British author of historical romances based on his ancestors. His first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in 2017, and concerns his evil ancestor Grandfather, Robert Rochfort, Earl of Belvedere, “The Wicked Earl.” It was short-listed for the 2018 Joan Hessayon prize. Source: The Men Who Write Romance: John Jackson – RNAContinue Reading

Gabaldon released the first Outlander book in 1991. And since then, she’s written seven more novels for the series. Her last installment, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, was published in 2014. So for nearly seven years, fans have been waiting to see where she takes Claire and Jamie Fraser’s story next. Source: ‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon Reveals Progress on Book 9Continue Reading

When the Duke and Daphne meet (a moment you may imagine is romantic) Simon literally cannot stop commenting on her boobs. He is unable to focus on what she is saying – even as she is standing next to an unconscious man – because her breasts really are that perky. It would be comical if it wasn’t so uncomfortable. I couldn’t help but think, ‘Are we really supposed to view him as the novel’s hero?’ Source: Bridgerton the book: blue eyes, boobs and bigotry – The MancunionContinue Reading

Author Sarah MacLean previews her explosive new romance novel ‘Bombshell’ — and reveals the cover. That’s how romance author Sarah MacLean describes her latest book series, Hell’s Belles, which centers on a fierce girl gang in Victorian London. Source: Preview Sarah MacLean’s new romance novel Bombshell | EW.comContinue Reading

“Netflix has confirmed to Variety that Ashley has been cast in the second season of the hit Shondaland series “Bridgerton.” She will star opposite Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony Bridgerton as his romantic interest, Kate Sharma.” Source: ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2: Simone Ashley Cast as Female Lead – VarietyContinue Reading

Almost one month after the hit period drama Bridgerton was released on Netflix, sales of the same-titled book series by Julia Quinn have exploded, with the first book securing the number one spot on The New York Times’ bestsellers list. Other novels in the historical romance series aren’t far behind. Source: Sales of Bridgerton Novels Have Exploded Since Netflix Premiere | PEOPLE.com Congratulations, Julia Quinn!Continue Reading

The continuing conversation that the Netflix series is going to give a resurgence to the historical romance genre and hopefully give it more credit than it has received in the past. Bridgerton quickly became more than just an adaptation; it was also a challenge to destigmatize a genre that doesn’t wholly deserve the condemnation it’s received. Source: Revolutionising romance adaptations – PalatinateContinue Reading

Hold onto your bonnets ladies, Anthony Bridgerton’s story in The Viscount Who Loved Me is coming to screen next. 1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London’s most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better…                          –Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers,April 1814 Season 2 will focus on Anthony Bridgerton. Bridgerton has officially been renewed for a second season at Netflix, which will begin filming this spring. The historical romance saga, based on Julia Quinn’s popular series of novels, became an instant classic for theContinue Reading

Now this article gets it right about what historical romance is all about. Great article and worth the read! “By building a love story between the primary couple, one that is guaranteed to end ‘happily ever after’ or ‘happy for now,’ a romance novel not only provides escapism and the heart-pounding rush of vicarious passion, but a space in which to explore how romantic relationships can and should be, and how women can find fulfillment and happiness. And that means these stories have little to do with how the marriage market of Regency high society actually functioned; they’re about what readers — predominantly women — want to see in their lives today.” Source: ‘Bridgerton’ Isn’t Bad Austen — It’s An Entirely Different Genre | HuffPostContinue Reading

This article on IndieWire is a bit harsh, calling Bridgerton’s storyline as “perpetrating harmful myths” (I’m not too keen on the word choice).  So let’s back-up the carriage here, folks.  He’s not just talking about the series, but he’s criticizing the premise of Julia Quinn’s historical romance novel, and undoubtedly thousands of other books by other authors. Apparently, due to the so-called lack of “practical sex education in this country,” the information expressed in this series paints a “dismal” portrait.  It gives the idea that sex is “wildly passionate” and everlasting love is the norm (those darn romance books with HEA).  I doubt readers believe that the Duke & I is a sex education manual.  The writer of this article definitely doesn’t understand the historicalContinue Reading

Romance is one of the most lucrative fiction genres, a billion-dollar industry featuring stories full of banter, courtship, and smoldering chemistry.  So how did an entire subgenre of literature spring up around a few thousand rich people who lived during the 1810s? Source: Why Are So Many Romances Set in the Regency Period? | JSTOR DailyContinue Reading

Fans of historical romance are versed in the Regency language. It never occurred to me that since Bridgerton seen by the general public on Netflix would need definitions. This article defines terms such as promenade, facer, Ton, courses, with child, sire an heir, swoon, snuff, modiste, countenance, rake, duke, viscount, a diamond of the first water, and the dark walk. I hate to think the public doesn’t know the meaning of some of these words, but nonetheless, one must educate the masses. Two romance novelists break down the show’s historical terms.  There was just one problem. Watching the drama, which is set in 1813 London, occasionally felt like translating a foreign language. From talk of the “ton” to notorious “rakes,” I was often confused byContinue Reading

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has written her first novel for adults, to be released by the leading romantic fiction publisher Mills & Boon.  Her novel Heart for a Compass is a fictional historical saga inspired by her great-great-aunt. Source: Duchess of York: From Budgie the Helicopter to Mills & BoonContinue Reading

Author Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series of novels is as delightful as the hit Netflix show adapted from it. Luckily, many viewers getting into the world of Bridgerton means quite a few new readers will head to their libraries or local bookstores to check out the books that inspired the show. Source: 10 Books Like ‘Bridgerton’ To Read When You Need More RomanceContinue Reading

What’s so great about Regency romances anyway? Source: Blame Jane: Romance Novels 2019–2020 Another interesting article – Blame Jane! “The lack of realistic options for writing interesting heroines is where the Regency loses a lot of authors. The choice can feel stuck between anachronism—planting a modern sensibility into an historic setting—and gender politics that leave modern readers cold.”Continue Reading

The article linked below makes the point, “The Duke and I, was first published in 2000 – twenty years ago, well before woke culture, the #MeToo movement, and our growing understanding of consent and healthy gender dynamics.” We are back again to the conundrum that historical romance needs to stay pure to the times in which women lived, or we need to tweak the past so that it doesn’t offend those in the present. Recently I read a review for the Earl’s Well that Ends Well, a new release by Catherine Heloise, on another book website. I won’t go into the review itself but would like to focus upon a comment left by a reader. Perhaps it brings up a singular thought or one thatContinue Reading

“Quinn hopes the Netflix series might draw more attention to the genre.”  We can hope! Julia Quinn, the Seattle-based author of dozens of bestselling historical romance novels (whose real name is Julie Pottinger), is on the phone, remembering the moment she learned that her series of books about the Bridgerton family in Regency London was headed to the screen. Source: Seattle author’s ‘Bridgerton’ novels debut as Netflix series | Arts & Entertainment | lmtribune.comContinue Reading