One of the things that has always bugged me is the inclusion of something that is actually "out of genre"... for instance, Georgette Heyer's "romances" are more properly "period comedies of manners" in the tradition of Jane Austen.

But when the Gothic market dropped, many writers saw how well Heyer's books did, and hopped on the Regency bandwagon. Unfortunately, most of them modeled their books more on Barbara Cartland (very much the "goop romance" type) than on Heyer (because of course, writing like Heyer took more research and craft).

Then they ended up killing the "Regency romance" because there was so much trash.

(*sniff* I'm only wailing because I have notes/outlines/beginnings of several Regency romances sitting in my files.)

[This message has been edited by Scribbler (edited 05-16-2001).]