Romance and Me: What do you love the most about Historical Romance?

Filed in Romance and Me , The Latin Lover Posted on February 22, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 4 comments

Hey Everyone!

Welcome back to #3 of our Historical Romance sessions. Today let’s talk about what we love the most about historical romance stories!

I personally love them because they are the “grown up” version of fairy tales: there are princes (or at least dukes ;-)) and fair maidens, villain step-mothers and jealous sisters and of course a love that conquers all. I love the escape HR novels provide from the real world, that for those hours when I’m reading such a book there are gowns and balls and carriages and etiquette. And if I had to pick only one favourite thing from all the things I love about this genre is the fact that due to the time period’s social restrictions the love story between the h/h is even more heightened: every small glimpse and touch becomes more just because liberties aren’t done. *sighs*

Err..ok, complete daydreaming moment, so I’ll leave now my fellow Book Lovers tell you what they love the most about the genre:

Anna: First of all I like the setting. The HR titles I choose are mostly set in Victorian England and that’s an era I plainly love. From movies to books, that’s my favorite era. Apart from that, I love the dresses of course, I’m all in for big flashy dresses and intricate undergarments 🙂

Caro: I LOVE Historical Romance novels. They make me feel all gooey inside. I just love being transported back to a time where balls and gowns ruled the world 😉

My favourite thing about HR? I think for me it’s the restraints of society. If you read PNR or fantasy everything’s possible because well it’s fantasy. And if I read contemporaries once again everything is possible relationship wise because people are so free to do what they want there’s nearly no ‘impossible love’ possible.When I read HR the weight of Society is SO big that the heroines have to work around the rules. They have to be stronger without throwing hissy fits. They can’t say ‘to hell with the others’ they know it’ll have dire consequences on their whole family. Well that’s one of the reasons I love reading HR 😉

Alisha: There’s something about the fact that these settings and character types are so far removed from what we know today. It’s kinda like science fiction, in that way. There’s also the fact that many of us love a good fairy tale or fanciful story. With these HR books, full of fabulous dresses and pirates and royalty and so on, it’s like escaping. Even in situations when the gray pallor of reality is left in the story (some of Charlotte Featherstone’s historicals come to mind), there’s something otherworldly about such tales.

I love the fine balance between the demands society puts upon people to be “proper” and those people’s secret desires to buck propriety and politesse. But of course, it’s fun to imagine the amazing dress. Some of my favorite scenes take place in dress shops and milleneries.

So now that we shared it’s your turn to tell us,

Why do you like to read historical romance novels? 

What is it you love the most about historical romance stories? And the least?

 Do come back in 2 weeks, we’ll be here continuing our discussion  about other aspects of historical romance novels.


About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Gaby February 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I think it’s because even a little look, a touch, a kiss… everything is practically forbidden.

  • aurian February 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

    O what a difficult question Stella! I love Historical romances for the characters, the social structures, the dresses of course, just how the women had to behave back then. And of course, the heroines I love the most, do not like those social structures and are different. A man could do whatever he pleased, but when he met his fate, he was tamed. Which I also loved.
    I like those with a social conscience, like helping the orphans, the poor. A book that is not afraid to portray for instance a chimney sweep’s little helper and how they were treated.

  • meninaiscrazy February 23, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I love it because it’s about the past and it’s about things that we don’t experience today. Not that they were innocent but, that they approached it from a different POV. I love that aspect to it. 🙂

  • sienny February 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    i just love history, especially from foreign country. it’s just fascinating. so it didn’t take much for me to love historical romance. i have no fave on the genre, but what i do hate is the fact that women has little or no say in most things.

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