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Risk and Rewards of Re-reading Fiction

Old library with pile of books and vintage alarm clock on top of them on a desk.This last few weeks, I’ve really been experiencing the risks and rewards of re-reading fiction. As regular readers of this blog will know, I am deep in Project De-cluttering.  This is long overdue and requires me to find room on my bookshelves to put many, many books that are currently sitting in piles on tables, desk, clavichord and, I’m afraid, even the floor.

Find room on bookshelves? Easier said than done.

Part of the solution has been to install a new set of shelves on a small wall space in my newly refurbished spare room. (The refurbishment was responsible for starting Project De-cluttering, to be honest. Pure desperation.)

So far, I’ve cleared the spare room of books-on-the-floor and books-on-the-blanket-box and bedside table. It turns out that the new shelves offer the perfect space to gather my ultimate classics from a lifetime of reading romantic novels.

But deciding which books get a place Is a major problem. Ideally many books will need re-reading and I am much too willing to slip into a beloved fictional world and forget – well, everything. Continue reading

Romantic Hero in Archetype and Fashion

Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay

During the last few weeks all occasions have conspired to make me think about the hero in archetype and fashion; specifically the romantic hero.

First there was my book winnowing, about which I have already mourned on this blog.  Identifying the books I absolutely couldn’t bear to part with has resulted in a personal romantic classics shelf.

Then there was describing one of my current works in progress to a non-writing reader. (Well, she did ask me.) Did my romantic hero have to be a lust object, she wondered. I considered. I mean I love him to bits but he can be seriously annoying, to author and heroine alike. Not a universal lust object, I concluded.

We talked a bit about myth, story theory and Christopher Vogler’s influential guide to the Hero’s Journey (based on Joseph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces).

Which brought us to Bridgerton, the Netflix Phenomenon, of which more in a future blog.

And then, following the recent awards for the Romantic Novel of the Year, I’ve been dusting off my collection of the award winners of the RNA’s first half century, 1960 – 2010. And oh boy, did the fashion in heroes change over that time. Continue reading