It’s Sunday, so it’s Edith!
(Checked the mirror. Yup. Me.)
This weekend marking the birth of our nation (sort of, we always fudge when the 4th falls on a weekday) I felt it was only fitting to ask you loverly readers (and editors who may stray here) a question.
Why don’t you buy romances set in Early America?
You love books set in Early England.
You even tolerate books set far back in the early ages of Italy and France.
And enjoy Romances set in the more recent history of Australia too.
But the U. S. of A.?
They just don’t move off the shelves, or so I’ve been told.
Someone with a brain once opined that was because we all remember American History as it was taught in elementary school and High School. Dates, and memorizing them. People would sooner buy a romance set in Trigonometry.
I figured that was the answer unti I realized that European History was taught that way too.
So, what it is that makes editors and readers shudder when they hear: “13 original colonies?”
Is it the lure of those long gone all powerful Aristrocrats in Europe, which we lacked?
Is it the equality in America in those days?
(A rhetorical question. C’mon. Equality? The slaves, bond servants, most recent immgrants, and Native Americans were certainly not equal to the Founding Fathers, no matter what their Constitution said. Well, in fact, it only said we were all created equal, actually. Not that our houses, food and clothing were going to be equal.
So what is it?
After all, we did win that war. American men could have had those thews of iron, and rippling thighs too. Or is that Americans lacked those too cool accents? Or did they? Heck, American colonial men could have even started out as Englishmen!
Why don’t American maidens in peril attract readers like English ones do? They were just as pretty as those charming Brit damsels in distress. Well, maybe they had a few more calluses on their hands from doing all the laundry, not having so many servants at their beck and call… But why do readers shun them?
Don’t ask me.
I asked you.
Edith, not perishing to write an American Historical Romance either, y’know.
P. S. OOPS! I was on the road yesterday and didn’t get a chance to read Saturday’s blog until I had already put this up. honest! Sorry Jo,I didn’t know I was riffing on your Canadian idea until just now. Must the 4th’s patriotism floating in the Cosmic Consciousness.