Thursday, December 17, 2009

Three reasons to travel back in time

I am into strong women. Especially those who had a tougher time of it than we. So when I really want to make a statement about how a strong man is attracted to a strong woman, I write historicals.
My newest from is AT HER SERVICE. A medieval tale of a knight who must mate with the woman he loved from childhood--and a woman whose life depends on producing an heir for her lands.
So I am pontificating here and giving you three reasons to read historicals.
1. As a refresher of history FOR THOSE WHO HATED HISTORY IN HIGH SCHOOL, reading a factually based novel gives you an appreciation for the harsher realities of life. Cruel lords, baths once a year for the average guy or gal, no meds for pneumonia--and no condoms, either!
2. A look at how sex and sexuality was viewed by men and women. A few tidbits? A pregnant woman was considered to be one who orgasmed and was bearing the proof that she had thoroughly enjoyed her encounter with the father of the child. YET, a man who could not "perform" was believed to have a wife who could not inspire him.
3. Historicals give us a delicious break from the hip language of contemporaries. A more fluid prose by an author who has a historical voice brings us a sense of time and place, and an appreciation for fiction that elicits verisimillitude in word as well as deed.
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COME TELL ME WHAT ATTRACTS YOU ABOUT HISTORICALS? And is there a certain period you love more than others?


Amber Skyze said...

I love strong women! I feel they're very important. Great post.

Fran Lee said...

I love learning...and historicals are another way to take gross advantage of an author's deep research! LOL! Merry Christmas!

jean hart stewart said...

Historical take you out of yourself so completely. I think that's the main attraction for me. Jean