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Friday Frivolity: And Now I Tweet

So I joined Twitter at long last–mostly because I finally figured out how to read and follow conversations on there. I don’t have a lot going on that I think would be interesting to the world at large (strong mental filter?) so it’s a bit of a stretch to figure out what to tweet regularly, but I love it for researching agents and keeping up with the ebbs and flows in publishing.

Follow me @MDSinclair, and if you send me a tweet saying you saw me on my blog, I’ll follow you right back ūüôā

I’ve been binging on what I consider “real romance novels” (not books simply with strong romantic elements) lately, and I try not to review those on this blog because Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books do that so much better. In case I haven’t clarified my theme in awhile, this blog is all about finding romance in unexpected (or less obvious) places, and as much as I love you Connie Brockway, Eloisa James, Loretta Chase, and Julia Quinn, you guys are about as go-to romance sources as it gets.

 

Friday Frivolity: Title Inflation in Regency Romances

What is up with the proliferation of dukes in the Regency romance genre?

This is a terribly unscientific observation, but it seems like the last few novels I’ve read in the genre have all featured dukes as heroes. I’m currently reading The Last Hellion¬†by one of my favorite authors, Loretta Chase (hero: the Duke of Ainswood). I’m also halfway through YA Regency¬†The Season¬†by Sarah MacLean, which features the daughter of a duke. The count for other ducal characters in The Season¬†is up to five, and I may yet find more. I just read another novel by Loretta Chase featuring a ducal hero, and another one of my favorite authors, Eloisa James, seems to make a good 75% of her heroes and heroines dukes, or duchesses, or both.

Okay, I get it. The power is attractive. But it’s horribly unrealistic when the rest of the aforementioned novels boast brilliant characters and bear the hallmarks of painstaking research.

Jane Austen knew that world better than any of us could. Mr. Darcy doesn’t need to be the Duke of Darcy to¬†exude¬†wealth and power. The highest ranking character mentioned in any of her novels is the Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple in Persuasion—and in the hierarchy of English ranks, a viscountess is a good three steps lower than a duke.

Dukes are supposed to be rare. That’s part of the reason people fawn all over them. Besides, isn’t a “Mr.” who is powerful and influential¬†without an inflated title far more interesting?

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