Guest Post – History and I
While thinking about what I wanted to do for my Historicals week, I knew three things: my Question was going to be about reading Historicals, I would post two Historical Romance reviews and that Blodeuedd HAD to somehow be involved in my event. You see, her most favorite genre is Historical Fiction. Even though she is delving into other romance genres more and more (you go Blodeuedd!), Historicals are still her mostest favorite. I asked her to tell us why she loves the genre so much and here is what she had to say:
I have always loved history, it was my favorite subject in school and I always aced the quizzes we had every lesson. Homework has never been as fun to read as when I read the history books, and yes I did read it all at once when I got one each term. When I was even younger I used to listen to this tape, something about Gods and Monsters in the skies. I listened to it before falling asleep and I knew the stories by heart. The stories? Well they were about Greek mythology. So I feel asleep listening to how Hades’ son burnt the earth and was sent to his death by falling from the skies, how Theseus killed the Minotaur, and many more stories. I read everything about every mythology I could find, yes I was hooked. That was my early childhood and that will to read about things long gone did not leave, no it stayed with me and I still want more.
I will not say I love every period in time, no, I tend to like things before the renaissance. After that things become too modern, sure I still read about them (hello, regency, romance, love.) I just prefer earlier stories. Especially when it comes to historical fiction, as for romance, that is perfect during the regency era. But then that is romance, and it’s a whole other story.
What did I discover first? It must have been historical fiction, and then I came across romance, and much can be blamed on Harlequin and I have no idea how many fluffy Barbara Cartland novels I have read. Yes they were all the same, but they all had that sweet HEA that made me sigh and close the book with a smile. I just love the time, everything was so different than in modern romance books, and I always felt like that I was born in the wrong time too. Of course I am truly grateful for this era, painkillers, modern medicine, toilet paper 😉 and much much more.
I tend to look at history and why I love it with the explanation of fantasy. See, I love fantasy books, and in historical fiction I do get a bit of that. Castles, wars, lords and ladies, a time long gone that feels so different from anything happening now. When it comes to historical romance I think the answer is those good manners (well at least in regency books), and the absurdity of it all in a way.
So it all comes back to the love of times gone by, and how I can get lost in these books. Whether it deals with a real historical person who might not get a happy ending, who might just suffer a great deal actually, or historical romance where HEAs are promised. They are very different in the end and can’t be compared. But I love them equally, even if historical fiction is the genre that has the best chance to getter a better grade from me.
I highly recommend historical romance and fiction, the only non-fiction I read is also about something historic, like Royal Mistresses. See, there is something for everyone. 🙂 And they can be so funny and strange. SO go forth and read something about the Middle Ages, Ancient Greece, or anything you like. Or just ask me and I will recommend something 😉
Thank you so much Blodeuedd for taking part in my Historicals Week. I still can’t believe that you listened to Greek Mythology tales before bed as a child!
Be sure to check out Blodeuedd’s blog. Her reviews are quick and to the point. You’re never left wondering what she thought of a book. She’s a good book pimp. 🙂