No Ass, No Baby, No Yeah

Also, Bonjour! I’m Eva Nightingale, erotica author and mad Victorianist. Glad to see you.

Over the last year or so I have been reading a whole lotta romance books. Specifically historical erotic romance. The smuttier, the better. It’s been a whole new world for me. And I love it, even at its silliest.

So this is just a brief plea re: historical dialogue. I’m not a total stickler. We aren’t living in the past. The versions of the past we create as authors have to be compelling to a contemporary reader. I get that.

But boy, there are some clangers out there when it comes to dialogue.

A 19th century Lord calling a woman ‘baby’.

A maiden shocked when a man touches her ‘ass’.

Conversations punctuated with ‘yeah’.

Essentially, if you can’t picture Mr Darcy or Rochester saying it, it might be a good idea to leave it out.

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