So, Today's Genre is dear to my heart. Historical Romance. It's what I write. It's my genre of choice to read most days.
So what is Historical Romance?
Again from the ACFW Genesis Contest Site:
Historical Romance: Novels or sagas set in any location, but in which the time frame of the majority of the story is a historical context rather than a contemporary one. The time period can be up to and including the Vietnam era. The love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying. The stories in this category can be dramatic or comedic.
Historical romances are first and foremost romances. Set in the past. From Biblical times up to and including the Vietnam era. (though most publishers steer clear of anything set after WWII because it is a hard sell--face it, people don't want to buy something labeled historical when it might have happened during their lifetime. I was born during the Vietnam era, so I don't want to hear that I'm historical. :) )
There are many sub-genres in Historical Romance:
to name a few.
So, what appeals to me about historicals?
First: I'm a history geek. If it happened in the past, I'm interested in it. I'd rather go to a museum than a mall. Next month I have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the MN Historical Society to visit the conservation rooms and talk to a conservationist. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. Yup, a history geek.
Second: I often feel that historicals take me deeper into a story, take me farther away from my real life into the story world than a contemporary romance. Also I'm very old-fashioned compared to the average gal, and I often feel more in common with historical characters than with contemorary stories. Face it, I wouldn't know a pair of Prada shoes from a pair of Payless knock-offs, and I don't own a cell phone (YET!)
Third: Historicals are fun!
In my mind, These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a wonderful Historical Romance, and the first I can recall reading. And Re-reading. I first read it in third grade, so I've been reading historical romance for a long time.
Currently: Calico Canyon was far and away the best book, not just the best historical romance I read all of last year. I was so happy when Mary was nominated for a Christy Award for this terrific book. She deserved it!
So, read any good historical romances lately?