I just came across this post, originally aired 5/31/2011 and decided it deserved to be re-shared. I added some of the original reader commentary.
You Know You Write Historical Fiction When...
- You find yourself using "anon" in everyday conversation.*
- You have words like "bumroll" and "farthingale" added to your spell-check's dictionary.*
- You actually own a bumroll or farthingale.*
- You programed auto-correct to change all "qe" to "Queen Elizabeth." *
- You cannot stand perfectly good period movies because of the fabric choices.
- You have become more lax about food sitting out because, hey, five hundred years ago there was no refrigeration.
- You find yourself inserting interesting historical facts that have nothing to do with your story and feel like you are doing your readers a disservice when you delete the unrelated history lesson later.
- You cannot stand reading a perfectly good historical romance because of the fabric choices (and, in a disappointed rage, may or may not have written a strongly worded letter to the author about his/her responsibility to the reader to portray their era with accuracy).
- You understand why many authors do not touch on anything to do with hygiene.
- You think nothing is wrong with having a beer at breakfast.
|Just in case you wondered what a bumroll was.
Sidenote: This post could also be titled, "You Know You Take Renaissance Faire Too Seriously When..."
* I write Elizabethan historical romance. Please feel free to insert whatever era appropriate terminology to make this relevant to your writing.
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Thank you to Kathleen and Mary for adding the following points:
Kathleen said... I love #8! OK, how about these:
11.You make up all sorts of reasons about how your widowed heroine is actually a virgin.
12.You figure out plausible excuses to explain why your widowed heroine (who is not a virgin) might respond like a virgin in a love scene.
13.You suspend reality to make every virginal heroine's first time fabulous and multi-orgasmic.
Interestingly, I can only think of sexual examples. Hmmmmm.... should I be worried?
I think #9 needs this add-on: "Not only do you understand, you agree and ensure that your main characters take more baths during the course of your story than most people of their era took in their lifetimes.