What the Feck (WTF): Let’s Talk History Eras in Romance.

Posted June 30, 2014 by Jennifer in What the Feck | | 7 Comments

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History Eras:

Which ones would make great Paranormal Romances?


While reading Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series (which is fabulous!) I got to thinking why hasn’t anyone else written about this era in PNR yet? I’m sure someone has but this is my first time reading it. The 20s was a big era in American history. There was sex, violence and women were starting to get a bit of freedom. It’s a very exciting time to read about.

There are more eras in American or even World history that needs to be written into the PNR world. Here are a few I think would be fun to read about.

Sheriff Bullock from HBO’s Deadwood


1930 – Could lend itself to war romances. Maybe an underground paranormal agency within WWII. Why not? Comic books have done it, why not PNR?

1950 – Elvis Gyrates on Ed Sullivan’s Show. Think of the movie Grease and throw in a paranormal element. Or those parts of Back to the Future when Marty was at the sock hop with his parents.

Or let’s go further back to the mid to late 1800s. Western time PNR. I’m a big fan of HBO’s Deadwood. It was a great show. It had Jim Beaver (Bobby from Supernatural) Timothy Olyphant (Rylan from Justified). America was dark and gritty during those days. I would totally read a PNR series about characters similar to Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and the like. Nothing like a law man or a man running from the law falling in love with a saloon girl or the law man’s daughter. Throw some fur, fangs and/or magic into the mix, win!

I guess what I want more of is what I think of as “Modern” Historical Paranormal Romance. All the Dukes, Earls and such don’t interest me and I think they are over done. With the exception of  Kirsten Callihan’s Darkest London series and Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series.

Are any already out there and I’m just missing them? If so PLEASE let me know in the comments.
What eras would you be interested in reading about?


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7 responses to “What the Feck (WTF): Let’s Talk History Eras in Romance.

  1. Wild West I could definitely get into or the 13th or 14th century. I actually wouldn’t mind Regency or Victorian paranormal. Oh, who am I kidding? I’d read paranormal in any era. lol

  2. I’ve never been into regencies and yet they are the favored era in historical romance. Colleen Gleason has a Gardella series spin-off set in the 20’s (Roaring Midnight – http://amzn.to/1voyLvK) and Susan Krinard has a series also set in the 20’s that I think focuses on werewolves (Chasing Midnight – http://amzn.to/1qrvRZq).

    I very much agree though, in terms of historical PNR there just isn’t much that happens in other time frames. I’d love to see more American Revolution PNR.

    I’m a sucker for ancient civ romance which is almost non-existent… imagine the show Sparticus if it’d had supernaturals in it. But I also love the 20’s and some western. Moira Rogers has a not-really-historical series that’s very western in feel that I liked (Wilder’s Mate – http://amzn.to/1qKvTcw).

  3. I haven’t read many PNRs in the 20s but love that era and would definitely read more if they were available. I’ve run across a few books in this time period but not of the paranormal element. I’m currently reading Romancing the Rumrunner which takes place during Prohibition but it’s a standalone romance. Historicals are good when you’re in the mood, but I’d much rather read about speakeasies, glamourous women and bad boys!!! 😉

  4. You make a great case! I am also weary of the Regency or 19th century England historical romances. I’m loving the American western historical romances though.

    I’ve read a few time travel historicals that were pretty wonderful.

  5. Great point! Theres a few Western steampunk/zombie books out that have a PNR tie in, but nothing where PNR is the focus (that I’ve found yet). I also love Bennett’s series and would love to read more PNR with historical settings like this!