As y’all may know, I’m a reader of romance novels. But I’m a reader with persnickety tastes, and for the longest time I’ve been relying on Smart Bitches Trashy Books to point me in the direction of the romance I’ll actually enjoy reading.
One of the big reasons I keep coming back to them is their excellent podcast. I’ve been way behind on listening to it lately; in fact, I just only finally got caught up through the end of 2018 for the episodes.
Something in episode 331 caught my ear, though, and so I wanted to write about it here. Specifically, this bit from SB Sarah:
I also want to note that I recorded this episode before I read the most recent Romance Writers Report, which is a publication of the Romance Writers of America. In this month’s issue, the December issue, is an article by Elizabeth Kingston titled “Reclaiming Historical Romance.” It is about the white supremacist version of history contained in historical romance, and it makes many of the points that I attempt to make much clearer. If you have the opportunity to read this article, please do; it is exceptional.Sarah Wendell, episode 331 of Smart Podcast, Trashy Books
I’m not a member of RWA, so I didn’t have access to the publication Sarah mentions. But that did not keep me from googling the author’s name as well as the title of her presentation.
As a reader of romance, particularly one who does like historicals, I want to affirm my interest in reading historicals outside the scope of just the Regency and the Victorian era. I know that I’m just one person, but one person can certainly say “yes, I want to read this”. And for me, that’ll mean broadening the scope of what genre fiction I read.
In the specific case of romance, that means I’m going to enjoy reading more Alyssa Cole as well as my first Beverly Jenkins historicals. When I’m done with those, this link mentioned by Kingston as a resource for more titles to diversify your historical romance reading seems like a damn fine place to look for more.
Heroes and heroines and non-binary protagonists of all colors and countries deserve love and happy endings, and I look forward to reading more of them. Anybody out there want to hit me up with a recommendation, drop me a comment on this post!