Sunday, April 29, 2012
Not Looking For High Drama
Well I don't know how much I noticed it before - I think not as much previously as this go-around - but The Masqueraders loses a lot to drama. In fact, it's not really a chic lit romance at all - I don't even really think it's meant to be. There are two couples, one the usual boring one and then the central couple. But the central couple aren't together not because of angsty misunderstandings or spark-filled clashes, but because circumstances (the woman masquerading as a man) make it impractical. So there's not much fun in waiting for them to get together. The fun is more in the drama and the action of the story, a fairly entertaining tale of a con artist's greatest effort - all taking place in the elegant halls of Georgian London high society. And you know, it is pretty fun in both those senses (con artistry and high society).
But I don't know why, the high-flown language just bothered me more than usual. I know GH essentially made up Regency cant as we know it today, but now it just seems authentic to me (and it bothers me when other authors get it wrong :)) But here... maybe I'm just less used to it or maybe it really is more fabricated, but the "child" (to address an adult), the "it" (in place of he)... and then there was the rather too much "show don't tell" magnificence of the con artist in question, Lord Barham. Sad to see GH guilty of such a thing. And I can't say she's *very* guilty of it. He mostly is pretty magnificent. But the drama just wasn't *quite* all it was meant to be. I hate to criticize a Heyer but... there it is. I can't say I didn't enjoy this book, I did, but it irked me at the same time - maybe just because it wasn't as good as I remembered. I still think she's great, and I'm sure I'll go back to this one some time... but just be warned, this is not quite the Heyer we love.