I am so happy that you have arrived at my blog. I will be posting once a month to share my thoughts about writing and hear from you. Books of romance are one of the most, if not the most, popular genre of novels.
This is where we can share thoughts about romance stories and romance writing. Some of the writers that are enormously popular and I have been recently reading are favorites Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins. I especially liked Rogue and Precious Gifts by Steel and Jackie Collins’ The Power Trip.
It isn’t just novels that have brought wonderful romance stories into my life but also film, including romantic comedy and stage. I’m a fan of Broadway musicals and they so often are love stories or include love stories.
I didn’t know that I was developing a love of romance writing, it was something that evolved gradually. But I was early introduced to romance and romantic comedy by watching old films that were being used as filler on television but filled me with the enjoyment of their storytelling.
The screwball comedy romances from Hollywood of the 1930s have stayed with me in memory. Described as ‘derailed romantic eccentricity’, Hands across the Table with Fred McMurray and Carole Lombard and My Man Godfrey, another Lombard film, have stayed with me over the years.
Other romance and romantic comedies from the classic era of Hollywood that appealed to me include Dinner at Eight with Jean Harlow, the Spencer Tracey Katherine Hepburn films, and one of my all-time favorites, It Happened One Night, with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. I don’t know how many times I have seen the Walls of Jericho take their fall, but it has been many more than one time.
After seeing the 1940 film Pride and Prejudice, with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, I was primed for eventually reading all the novels of Jane Austen. But it was another romance novelist that I was reading before Jane Austen. Yet that novelist, Georgette Heyer, and her historical romance novels, are direct descendants. Her genre of the regency novel, set in the early 1800s of England, including Friday’s Child and The Grand Sophy gave me many hours of pleasurable reading at an early age.
I would love to hear from you so please comment and I will post again next month!