Diane of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends the delightfully clever works of Georgette Heyer:
Georgette Heyer is credited with inventing the historical romance subgenre known as the Regency romance. Her books, set in England during the early 19th century Regency era, are admired to this day for their meticulous research, sparkling wit, authentic colloquialisms, and inventive plots which include arranged marriages, cross-dressing, and the aristocracy. Heyer’s light comedy-of-manners romances set the tone for this entire genre.
When asked about her books, Heyer commented, “I think myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense…but it’s unquestionably good escapist literature, and I think I should rather like it if I were sitting in an air-raid shelter or recovering from flu.”
“Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.”
For more of Neil Gaiman’s advice to aspiring artists, watch his commencement address at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
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Known for their sparkling dialogue, humorous plots, and happily-ever-after conclusions, Regency romances are frothy period pieces set in England during the early 19th century. Suggestion: start with the Queen of the Regency Romance, Georgette Heyer!
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