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…

Romance tropes in Pamela

  Reading Pamela is a slog, but I do see why it gets mentioned as “the first romance novel” because there are plenty of romance tropes in Pamela’s story. We start with two characters who are separated by seemingly unsurmountable obstacles, but by the end they are married and seem to believe they will live happily ever after. That’s the…

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded – A Review

  Book details Title: “Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded” Author: Samuel Richardson Original publication date: 1740 Setting time & place: Early 18th century England, country estates in Bedfordshire & Lincolnshire He is… a rich man of good breeding, unmarried in his late twenties, fond of skirt chasing, hunting, etc, disinclined to marry. She is… a virtuous, pretty, pious, chaste, fifteen year…

It’s here! The Official Romance MFA Reading List

After many rabbit holes of research, and a lot of repeated addition and subtraction of the same titles, I’ve finalized my romance novel syllabus for the Romance MFA project. Here it is: >>The Official Romance MFA Reading List<< Woo hoo! I’m not sure that I’ll be reading exactly in the order listed, but I actually started with Pamela back in May. It’s…

Working on a Romance MFA Syllabus

I’ve been working on my Romance MFA syllabus for over a month now. It hasn’t been a simple task: the number of books in the romance genre is overwhelming. I want to write historical romance: the number of historicals is overwhelming. I specifically want to write in the American Gilded Age: the number of books in the niche is limited,…