10 Reasons Why I Can’t Read Georgette Heyer

by Zarabeth Golden on October 2, 2010 · 8 comments

in Georgette Heyer, Guest Blogger, Poll, Regency

guestblog

By Zarabeth, guest blogger

I know a lot of people like Georgette Heyer and this post isn’t meant to step on your toes in any way if you do, but I really can’t read her! I am a huge fan of historical romance novels and was excited to try the genuine article. I tried, I really did, but she’s not for me and here’s why:

  1. The Language. I can’t read Regency speak, it’s not only another time period it reads like another language!
  2. The Diction. Not only do I need a Regency dictionary, I need an Oxford-English dictionary to get through the book! Talk about over my head. I would read and re-read, get frustrated with myself, the book, and the story. I put it down and vow never to force myself through another novel.
  3. The Turns of Phrase. Thief Cant, Dandy Cant… I cant, cant, can’t! Can you say yikes?!
  4. The Dialogue. What on earth are the characters saying? Really?
  5. The Format. Why is all the dialogue ending in exclamation points!!!!!
  6. The Descriptions. Down to the tie of the cravat and elegantly style coiffure… honestly who knows what they look like?
  7. The Historical Accuracy. The difference between Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer is that Austen transcends Regency and becomes universal. Heyer is so wrapped up in Regency she can never leave it.
  8. The Writing Style. Is it me or does Heyer read like narrator omniscient? A plot twist (and I use that word very lightly) occurs and I know all to well where it's going.
  9. The Manners. I thought I liked Regency manners, but honestly in a Heyer all I want is for them to shake it up a little. So regimented.
  10. Wasted space. Side characters get way too much time to talk and dither about. I want more focus on the main characters and their love story!

I think it is simply time to walk away, without the disappointment and state that I am just not smart enough to read her! I will stick with my guilty pleasures, Thank You!

P.S. Stay tuned, in a few days Keira will be posting her differing opinion in 10 Reasons to Love Georgette Heyer.

How do you feel about Georgett Heyer romances?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Leave a Comment

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karin October 2, 2009 at 6:01 AM

The difference between Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer is that Austen transcends Regency and becomes universal.
>>>>

I liked this.

Meantime I have a hard time getting through any historical romance.

Reply

2 Susan S. October 2, 2009 at 6:34 AM

Great post Zarabeth! I know what a cravat is! Not only will you find it in Regency, but my ideal vampire hero always wears one. Very sexy, methinks!

Reply

3 heidenkind October 2, 2009 at 9:24 PM

They talk with exclamation points because it’s exciting! What light through yonder window breaks! Etc., etc.

Note: I have never read a Heyer novel.

Reply

4 Bella Street October 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Omigosh, it’s so great to read this. I have felt the same for years, but have kept my opinion quiet, because for so many, Heyer is the gold standard in regency. I tried several times and finally gave up. I feel so free now! Kinda like when I found out I wasn’t the only one who doesn’t ‘get’ musicals. LOL

My fav regency author (and she’s British) is Marion Chesney. I own every one of her books. They’re light, fast reads but hilarious and full of authentic poignancy. I have others, but Chesney in MY gold standard.

Reply

5 Keira October 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Karin – Historicals are lovely, but I can see where modern novels are attractive.

Heidenkind – haha! Very exciting! Always! ;)

Bella – I’m going to have to find and try a M. Chesney!

Susan – Vampire heroes in cravats… yum! Oh and sheepcubusses…

Reply

6 Dana Huff August 6, 2011 at 10:49 PM

I don’t think you are “not smart enough” to read her, and you have some of the same issues with her writing that I noticed when I read the one (and only) book by her. I reviewed the book for a blog, and one of the commenters insinuated I was stupid for not being able to understand the Regency cant. What you said about Heyer and Austen in #7 is spot on. I feel better to know I’m not alone. Almost all the bloggers I love just adore her, and I was beginning to feel it must be just me. I know this is an older post, but I couldn’t resist commenting. Thanks!

Reply

{ 2 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: