Romance Classics

Classics (February 10, 2015 @ 10:30 am)

The benchmark book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and another classic romance title of your choosing. Classic romance, in this case, will be anything written before ~1950. Please comment on this post with your second title choice to avoid duplication.

Some resources for finding a second title:

Best romantic novels of all time from The Telegraph

Classic Romances from Novelist

Notes from our meeting:

Huge percentage of books bought and read are romances. Romance is defined by a plot that revolves around a romantic love story and as a rule has a satisfactory ending.

This is one genre where patrons may be hesitant to ask for our help and assume that we will be judgmental. More widely read by women but enjoyed by men as well.

Benchmark: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
First published in 1813 anonymously although Jane Austen had written it earlier. Three movie adaptations and many other offshoots in print and on screen.

What we read (around the table):

Lilly – Bronte
Mysterious women and man fall in love although they can’t be together… at first. Gothic plotline.

Dylan has read a bunch that end badly. This proves that the happily ever after is more modern.

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (“grandmother of Regency romance”)
Influenced by Austen. Lively and sparkling. Considered one of the top 10 romances ever. Upper class British society. Well-written.

A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
British young lady engaged to a young man. She goes to Italy and meets a father and son duo, witnesses a murder, goes back home and it turns out father and son move into neighborhood.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Must read. Not murky language. Mood, mystery and romance. Rise in belief of romantic life and the class system influence plot. Ends happily ever after.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Very troubled relations of man and woman and is very much about politics of English trade at the time.

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
Banned in England and the US for subversive albeit subdued lesbian storyline. Set in 1920s and follows romance between two women that ends in tragedy.

The Young Clementina by D.E. Stevenson
Wrote 40 novels, published in 1930s. Love, loss and love again (may be enjoyed by those that like Jan Karon) Lightly romantic enjoyable with great storylines.

Daphne by ?
Main character never stands up for herself. Sub-plot of a murder.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Gothic. Moody, well-written and no one is happy. Romance in terms of passionate emotion.

Steven – Tierant LaBlanc
COPY HIS DESCRIPTION IN

Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
Several characters having love affairs and marriages and no “happily ever afters”. Witty but with depth. Entertaining and satirical.

Next – In May we will read contemporary romance (written in last 20 years and set now without paranormal characters).

The benchmark is Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

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7 Responses to Romance Classics

  1. Paula says:

    I’m going to read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

  2. Jason says:

    I’m reading a Room with a View by E.M. Forster

  3. Susan says:

    I’m reading The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer.

  4. Faith says:

    I’m reading Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford.

  5. Ben says:

    I’m reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

  6. Lisa says:

    I’m going to attempt Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

  7. Molly says:

    I am going to listen to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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