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Joanne Rock | Hunger for Historicals

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It’s a good time for historicals. Or at least, it should be. I’ve seen more historical shows and movies in the last few years than at any time in the last few decades. The Tudors. Rome. Cate Blanchett’s turns as Elizabeth. Not one, but two versions of Beowulf. It’s a historical writer’s dream. But what about for a fan of historical stories? Are we seeing the trend carried out in our books? Certainly I see the trend in more mainstream-y fiction. The fabulous success of Philippa Gregory’s books tells me interest is there for readers. But I’m not sure the new popularity has fully touched the ranks of romance given the percentage of new historical romances available.

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3 comments posted.

Re: Joanne Rock | Hunger for Historicals

I DON'T KEEP UP WITH ALL THE HISTORICALS, SO A LOT OF YOU AUTHORS ARE NEW TO ME. BUT I DO LOVE TO READ THEM. I LIKE THE TIME PERIOD IN THE LATE 1800. LIFE WAS SO MUCH DIFFERENT THEN. DON;T KNOW IF "AFRICAN QUEEN" IS A HISTORICAL, BUT I DEARLY LOVED THE MOVIE. SEEN IT NUMEROUS TIMES AND NEVER GET TIRED OF IT.
(Nyla Thompson 12:25pm March 25, 2008)


(Raymond Blum 4:02pm March 25, 2008)

I love historicals and would dearly love to see more of them in the movie form! I enjoy the movies from books but often find that the book is better. At times it is almost disappointing to me to read the book first and then see the movie. I like it better the other way around. So many times changes are made to what I feel are really important factors that make me lean towards the book over the movie. But, if it is a historical I find that I will always watch; especially by an author I adore!
(Dianne Westbrook 7:27am April 9, 2008)

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