Feb 22, 2010
The Magnificent Georgette Heyer
Posted by Emily May
What I'm reading: Hot Toy, by Jenny Crusie
Listening to: Peggy Lee Sings the Blues
What's making me smile: Walking for 3 hours along the beach yeterday!
For many historical romance readers (and writers), their love of historical romance started with reading Georgette Heyer. Obviously, not every lover of historical romance has read Georgetter Heyer -- but if they haven't, they've missed something!
Georgette Heyer established the regency romance subgenre, writing in the 1920s through to the 1970s. When she was in good form, she absolutely couldn't be beaten. Her books are marvellously written, witty, and meticulously researched.
I know that not everyone enjoys reading historicals, but let me just say that Georgette Heyer is not purely for fans of historical romance. Two years ago, I was at a fantasy writers convention in North America. As I sat waiting for someone, a woman asked me what I was reading.
'Georgette Heyer,' I replied, thinking that she wouldn't know who Heyer was. It was a fantasy convention, after all!
'Oh, I love Georgette Heyer,' the woman said. 'The Grand Sophy is my favourite.'
And then -- get this -- a man sat down with us and asked what I was reading.
'Georgette Heyer,' I said again.
'Oh, I love Georgette Heyer!' he said. 'The Grand Sophy is my favourite.'
So, as you can see, her appeal is broad! And, as you can also see, if you haven't read The Grand Sophy, you really should!
My favourite Heyers are The Grand Sophy, Arabella, Faro's Daughter, and Sylvester (or The Wicked Uncle), all of which are set in the regency period, and Devil's Cub, The Talisman Ring, and The Masqueraders, which are Georgian.
If you read Georgette Heyer, which is your favourite? And if you don't ... go out and get one!
I write regency romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon, and dark, romantic fantasy novels for Solaris.