So, like everyone else in the known universe with a GoodReads account, I went ahead and set myself a reading challenge for 2012 AND!!! as previously mentioned, I am tracking both my films watched
and books read
over on Tumblr.
We can see which of those media I'm more dedicated to!
In short: I've been reading a lot! I've always been what one might call a voracious reader, but the reason that I specifically set myself some goals and accountability this year is because I developed a bad habit of reading a lot more shitty fanfic than I did real live books. This is obviously not to imply that I have any inherent problem with fanfic (shitty or otherwise) as I do not, EXCEPT at the point when shitty fanfic is really just irritating me rather than entertaining me, there are probably more constructive ways to spend my time. So, this year I'm trying to read mostly fanfic that I actually think might be palatable (not ENTIRELY though bcs a lady's gotta hateread sometimes, lbr) and also to read lots of books.
And I have been! Along these lines, and entirely due to the horrific manipulations of aamalie
, I spent the last six days reading Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novels in full. SO I AM GOING TO REVIEW THOSE BOOKS FOR YOU NOW.
Said novels are a series of Regency romances centering around a single wealthy, well-situated, viscount...al (???) family, yes, that's right: the Bridgertons!
The Bridgertons consist of the widow Lady Violet Bridgerton and her EIGHT children who, at the time of the first novel in the series, range from ages 10 to 28. Said children are (from oldest to youngest): Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. And the eight books in the series (along with a series of attendant short stories for each book called "second epilogues") are about each of the respective Bridgerton children's adventures in love.
Reviews of the books, in order, behind the cuts. Mild spoilers are present, but really only if you consider the fact that the male and female leads in a Regency romance novel do a lot of being overwhelmed by love and fiery passion for each other and also get married to be a spoiler.( Book One: The Duke and ICollapse )( Book Two: The Viscount Who Loved MeCollapse )( Book Three: An Offer from a GentlemanCollapse )( Book Four: Romancing Mister BridgertonCollapse )( Book Five: To Sir Phillip, with LoveCollapse )( Book Six: When He Was WickedCollapse )( Book Seven: It's in His KissCollapse )( Book Eight: On the Way to the WeddingCollapse )
So there you go. A week's enjoyable diversion it was!!!
And if you're wondering SHOULD I.... READ THESE?!?!?! I will say this: yes! If you... want to read some Regency romance novels! Being fully cognizant of all that entails! Because let me be 100% clear: I would by no means class these as anything resembling some sort of potential ~crossover hits~ that would appeal to people who haven't decided that they want to read some romance novels! I would class them as... fairly typical romance novels (though with above average avoidance of grossness) that I find superior to reading bad OTP fic when I'm in a shippy mood.
Which is to say if you are prepared to deal with:
- heteronormativity out of the yin yang (though there is a SINGLE queer character who shows up and is not treated grossly, so there's that)
- gender essentialism (oh that mysterious creature called woman/man!!)
- dudes being paternalistic and this often being played as their swoon-worthy romantic concern (though it is also sometimes called out!)
- innocent, scandalized virgin ladies and experienced, rakish men w/ all the "taking" and "making his" etc. that goes along with it
- sometimes dudes just cold being jerks (though they generally apologize later)
In order to enjoy:
- manners and balls and fancy gossip pages and other Regency junk
- extremely repressed dudes and ladies making out and banging in inappropriate places and discovering the joys of both sexytimes and female sexual agency
- cute banter
- awesome ladyfrands everywhere (also non-rival sisters *___*)
- Penelope Featherington: Queen of My Heart
- delightful familial relationships and interactions
- highly indulgent shippy instant gratification
Then, GO FOR IT.
If not, don't.
While there are no specific spoilers in the reviews, as mentioned, there will very probably be spoilers in the comments so BEWARE.
Originally posted at http://peripeteia.dreamwidth.org/2283.html