Please give a warm welcome to historical romance author, Robyn Dehart, who is joining us with her newest release in Entangled's Scandalous line, A Little Bit Wicked!
For this blog I was asked to discuss the difference between “wickedness” then and now. ‘Then’ certainly covers a huge chunk of time so I’m just going to focus on the time period that I’m most familiar with, Victorian England. Of course now days there doesn’t seem to be a line for being wicked (and for the purposes of this blog I’m using wicked as in naughty) promiscuity is quite high, teenagers are having sex younger and younger – I’m clearly not here to give a lecture about that but when you’re talking about how things are now vs Victorian England – things are quite different.
The Victorian era and truly a study in contradictions. It was considered quite scandalous for a man to see a woman’s bare ankles although it was quite acceptable to wear gowns that accented and flaunted a woman’s breasts. A woman could not approach a man alone and a man could not speak to a lady unless he’d been properly introduced to her. Of course I’m speaking of the wealthy aristocrats and the gentry. Things were quite different for the lower working class citizens that peopled the factories that were spreading across England during this industrial period.
Ladies never went in public without gloves on, they wore up to four different dresses a day depending on the types of activities they had planned. Men and women, even married couples did not refer to one another by their first names when in public – can you imagine? My husband, who is a college professor, would no doubt like me to call him Dr. DeHart, but it’s not gonna happen.
So when it came to writing my book, A Little Bit Wicked, I had lots of material to work with as far as what could be considered wicked. My heroine is not a virgin, which isn’t something you always see in an historical, especially in a woman that has never been married before. She would have been considered damaged, ruined. She’s also seven years older than the hero, which would have been rather scandalous as well especially considering he is titled and responsible for providing an heir.
I think the historical conventions are what draw many readers to the genre. We like the set-ups that work in historicals that don’t necessarily work in contemporaries. It’s nice to think about a time when a man can truly appreciate the curve of a woman’s leg because he doesn’t see them on a daily basis.
Thanks so much for having me today. I’d love to know what it is about historicals that readers love?
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