Oooh, I Remember Now!!!
I’ve recently been giving historical romances more of a chance. I have now read a good number of them this past year and I remember why I always had a problem with them- they don’t mix it up when it comes to the characters. The main characters are always white who are either rich or poor and are trying to make themselves better, blah blah blah. My problem is I want romances from different time periods with characters from different parts of the world and different cultures. But that seems to be hard to find. I don’t know the demand for those types of books but I think it would be a good idea. I would love a romance that took place in the Xia dynasty or Pradyota dynasty orAztec era Mexico or an Ancient Middle East romance- I could go on and on. Shake it up a little! If these time periods are harder than Victorian, Georgian, or any other era in London’s history than have a mixed race couple or a couple from completely different cultures that meet in London or FREAKING ANYTHING!! There is so much more that could be done that isn’t!!!!
I blame my obsession with different cultures on American Girl Dolls. I was obsessed with the history and cultures the dolls came with and how that shaped their lives (I know- I was a strange child). However, as an adult, I’ve realized how little different cultures play into the world of books (Yes, it’s getting better but I’m impatient). I’ve found myself actively searching for books that are about completely different worlds than I am used. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I came across Navajo Nights at a library book sale.
I love historical fiction I just wish I could find more of it from other cultures. I have managed to hoard a small collection of historical romances that take place in different parts of the world but it is, like I said- small. I have also managed to find a few historical fiction books that DO NOT take place during WWII. Do people know there are other times periods to write about besides WWII!?!?! Good god!
Now, just to be clear, this little rant of mine does not mean that I did not enjoy the European historical romance/fiction books I have read this year. I have found authors that have been immediately added to my Auto-Buy list (I don’t think I could live without Shana Galen, Eloisa James, and Kerrigan Byrne. Those are just three of the authors that I have fallen in love with this year). It just means I want to read other stories because there are other stories out there! The whole Nordic Viking, European, aristocrat thing has been done- a lot- I mean, I will still be reading those books because I love the authors- I just want to read something else too. Is that too much to ask?