Combination of burnout and a real change in online culture that I can't stomach. Also why I noped out of my Tumblr. I do have a Tumblr for my Sims still, pm me if you care to see it.
All I know is that this is unbearable. And I'm terrified for the people in my family who live in Paris. I never dreamed I would be thinking maybe they would be safer if they moved back to New York.
I'm worried, because when I start fangirling a romance author, I then read a book by her that's either 1) incredibly offensive 2) incredibly boring or 3) wildly anachronistic. I'm not a stickler for details, and I definitely don't expect Austenian language, but when you have characters in the 19th century with worldviews and ways of expressing them that make them sound like people on the internet in 2015, that throws me out of the book entirely.
But the Tessa Dare books I've read so far have all been funny, sexy, sweet, moving, well-imagined, and neither anachronistic nor overly historically accurate in a way that strangles the story. I adore them. I've only read three so far, the Castles Ever After series, but I have everything else she's published on order from the library. I'm buying the Castles series with birthday money, and with how broke I am, that means a ton. The only other book I've bought in the past year was by Lois McMaster Bujold. So, yeah, recommended.
Well, not a review, just a recommendation. I never know how to write positive reviews without spoilers. But: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare. It's funny, sexy, and just generally really good. It ends up being kind of a love letter to the idea of fandom.
I think she is going to pull it off and will change how the world thinks about gender roles in romance novels and yeah you know I'm bullshitting. The thing is, because of EL James, I do not seem to have any anger left toward Stephenie Meyer. So I find this very, very amusing. Also, as many people have already mentioned, I wonder how long until EL James writes a gender-swapped 50 Shades. A month maybe?
(Btw, this is one reason I love Dragon Age. It grapples head-on with religion, rather than pretending a society like ours could have happened without it.)
I have no idea if Aristotle believed in zero, and I do not trust the internet to tell me the truth about this. I do believe, however, that I have just reached my limit. It's been coming for a long time, but now it's very much here. I am tired of trying to bail out the sea with a teaspoon. Maybe this is what middle age is.
I am going to be stewing about this all day at least.
Miss Anne de Bourgh is about Darcy's age. So, 28. I had for some reason remembered Lady Catherine saying "since SHE was in HER cradle we planned the match," but it's "since THEY were in THEIR cradles we planned the match." And Darcy has been destined for his cousin "from his earliest hours." I had thought before that Lady Catherine told herself that Darcy hadn't proposed to Anne because Anne had been too young, and that when Lady Catherine said "now, at the moment when the wishes of both sisters would be accomplished in their marriage" yada yada the "now" was because Anne had just turned twenty-one or something. Or even 25, and maybe she wouldn't be able to inherit Rosings if she married before then. But, no. She's Darcy's age. And I've never heard of 28 being the kind of age 21, 25, or even 30 have historically been treated as by law and culture.
Lady Catherine is certainly not rational about this, but I can't conceive of any way for her to be THIS deluded, or for that "now" to make sense. Unless Darcy was... at Oxford until he was 27? (Which would be a whole other kettle of weird.) Or maybe he was traveling Europe?
I'm just scared of going to the doctor again because all my experiences with them since throwing out my back have been terrible and caused me harm. Otoh it looks like drugs aren't necessarily recommended for POTS, since so many patients have more adverse reactions to drugs than the general population (hi me) so I'll dodge that fear if that's it.
It seems that a lot of books with Exceptional Woman Syndrome, Badass Variety, besides denigrating feminine women, have a very high number of male characters who are total cardboard cutouts. Their "personalities" consist of: hot and props up heroine.
I guess lots of books starring Badass Men have female characters who are only hot and prop up the hero, so this is some sort of turnabout. But it's still damn boring either way.
The only thing I can think of to compare it to, history-wise, for my level of not-caring, is troop movements on the battlefield. But I don't have to think about that when writing historical romance. I kinda need to know something about clothing, though my books are still not going to satisfy people who love clothes porn. Though I do like jewelry, so I do dwell on that a little, so maybe that will make up for it.
( ETA I think I know why this is an issue for me )