Pirate Romance: Separating Myth from Truth

by Keira G on June 27, 2011 · 3 comments

in Defining the Genre, Historical Romance, Pirate, Pirate

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What is pirate, privateer, or buccaneer romance?

While pirate romance seems pretty self explanatory the truth of the matter is that modern romantic notions of pirates are far from fact. When we think of a pirate, I am sure many of you will conjure up an image of the deliciously sexy and adventurous Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The code that they lived by was far from the images brought to mind by the movies or by modern day romances. Pirates in truth were vicious and the chances of two pirates following the same code of honor were pretty slim, but that doesn't stop them from being some of the best of the bad boys in romantic literature.

What makes the pirate so sexy?

We love reading about pirates, of that there is no question. Why, you might wonder. The answer is thus: who wouldn't want a handsome man to give us permission to buck the rules of society, live life voraciously with no limit on what we can or should do? Rogues and rakehells might make delicious rapscallions on land and in London society, but it is the pirate captain that is both scandalous and notorious.

Lead males in pirate romances are muscular, domineering, swashbuckling, passionate, buccaneers. The open sea is their mistress and no female can tame their hearts... or so they think. Pirate heroes soon realize just how lonely their life on the water really is and endeavor to capture the love of a woman. When they loot, pillage, and ravish pirate heroes find themselves desiring to do so to the pretty maid with the feisty tongue and not the nearest enemy ship.

This is the character cast in romance novels. The truth however is that pirates have never been truly noted for charms, manners, or fantastically gorgeous good looks. Despite their shortcomings, the romance of seven seas calls out like a siren's song. Thrills, romance and adventure, you can't go wrong with a pirate romance.

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1 Tracy July 2, 2008 at 2:24 PM

I’m not one for romance novels but what a good idea for a blog! I know tons of people read them!

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2 heidenkind March 15, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Maybe pirates are so anti-charming that they actually are charming. I mean, a lot of them are secret dukes and stuff, right? So maybe they do have manners they simply don’t exercise in front of their pirate cohorts.

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3 Keira March 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM

That’s true… a lot of them are dukes in romances. Can you imagine a pirate talking in an upper British crust accent? Please. He’d be laughed off the deck and cast to the sharks. lol

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