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.