Saturday, April 11, 2009

Charity Girl

Charity Girl was another disappointment. Mostly because the plot itself necessitated the separation of guy from girl for about threequarters of the novel. In fact, I don't think they had more than three scenes together. Which was a damned shame cos they were pretty cool in their own right. Made for a pretty unengaging narrative. I felt a bit sorry for Heyer having written herself into a corner as such. Even if she might disagree.


Melissa said...

Actually, you might be surprised--she'd probably agree with you. She was her own worst critic (from what I've read in biographical pieces) and hated most of her Regency books, only writing them because the public demanded them and kept consuming them in large quantities.

I'm sorry you didn't like this one, but I can understand why. I probably like most of Heyer's Regencies, the only exception being A Civil Contract, which is often her most critically acclaimed Regency.

dri said...

Awwwww, man, don't tell me that ... *pout* ... I mean that she hated writing the Regency romnances. I almost feel guilty for loving them so much now. Poor Heyer.

Aye, I read A Civil Contract recently and can certainly see why it's so critically acclaimed. Although, really, what do critics know about good entertainment/art? *lol*

Melissa said...

You might be interested to read The Private World of Georgette Heyer sometime... I was fascinated to learn more about her, particularly about how hard she was on herself.

And yes, I agree--critically acclaimed doesn't necessarily mean most entertaining! :-)

dri said...

Oh gosh yes! Once I finish with her Regency romances, I've totally got that earmarked. Can't wait to go behind the scenes ... :p

Miriam said...

I'm a little late on commenting, but I just found out about this blog. "Charity Girl" was disappointing to me. Interesting plot, but the delivery was lacking. Reminds me of Patricia Veryan's Riddle regency series...interesting plot lines but the reading is somewhat agonizing. I'm actually one of those who enjoyed Civil Contract.