Nineteenth Century Ideas in To Have and To Hold

In writing historical romances, authors must balance between historically accurate characters and characters which will appeal to contemporary readers. It’s no secret that many writers choose the latter. A member of my writing group shared a craft book which referred to the trope of the “Vegan Viking,” the historical hero who espouses anachronistic views of feminist equality. Particularly at this…

Pride and Prejudice and Pamela: Comparing Austen and Richardson

In reading Pride and Prejudice, I inevitably found myself still thinking of Pamela, my previous reading, and comparing Austen and Richardson. There are probably many dissertations written about Richardson’s influence on Austen, but I’ll share a few of the things I noticed.   Writing style and characterization The jump from Richardson to Austen is a big one. After the close POV of…

Why I don’t like Pamela

The more I think about Pamela, the less I feel I can identify with any characters across the gulf of time. I really don’t like Mr B, but I don’t like Pamela either. She’s not just a Mary Sue (so beautiful! beloved by all! excellent at needlework and playing the spinnet!), she’s a Pollyanna, too. I don’t like Pamela What…