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Daniel Day Lewis hasn’t been up to that much recently since his brilliant performance in There Will Be Blood. Which is fine because it gives me ample time to daydream of him.

Lewis is perhaps one of the best (in my opinion) romantic male leads. He’s perfect inspiration for any romance writer. Intelligent, darkly handsome, athletically built–plus, he knows how to cobble shoes (no, seriouslylewis).

While Lewis was wonderful in A Room with a View, showing off impeccable comedic timing with a bungling fascade–his “romance hero” status, I think, is best showed off in Last of the Mohicans, a film I can’t talk about without drooling on my keyboard.

Why? One main reason peoples: Half-naked-Native-American-Footballish-Type-Game-Whatever-Daniel-Day-Lewis-Has-Great-Abs.

You can really just see the film for that. Or maybe the passionate love story between Lewis’s Mohican-raised Hawkeye and Cora during the French and Indian War. Or maybe watch the film for its amazing battle scenes, complex characters, interwoven with complex themes of retribution and sacrifice (completed with an amazing Clannad soundtrack!).

All of those things in one film!

Plus a hot half-naked cobbler.

Just sayin’.

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I was enjoying a little reading on the fabulous Jane Austen’s World , when I came upon a review for a new Tess of the d’Urberbvilles. ]

Masterpiece Theater, why you gotta play me like that?

You already made a remake of Tess! In 1998! And it was awesome! Justine Waddell was superb and the adaptation was much more true to the text then Roman Polanski’s meandering film Tess (which seemed to be more focused on piles of hay then the tragedy of a woman who is constricted by societal norms).

I guess I can forgive thsister_carrie12at, Masterpiece Theater. But when I went to your website, I discovered that you remade Wuthering Heights.Are you serious? Seriously? Seriously serious? There are over twenty adaptations of Wuthering Heights (I’m not counting the operas), it’s been DONE, it is OVERCOOKED. And lets not even go into Jane Eyre (though I forgive you of your latest remake of that one since it starred the delectable Toby Stephens).

Listen, I understand that tragic female heroines and even more tragic love stories are delicious to watch–but there are so many authors out there that have written such stories that would be fantastic on your program!
Masterpiece Theater, why not give Theodore Drieser a little love?

(Little Dorrit looks good though)

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Last night I finished a romance novel that left me somewhat perturbed.

It was a book that garnered a lot of rave reviews, and, as is a growing tendency in the romance genre, bordered on erotica.

Now, I have no issue with erotica. However, I do have issue when the male character is so well-endowed the word “cervix” is mentioned so many times that one feels like they are preparing for a gynecological exam.

Just sayin’.

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Duke of SinThere is an excellent article on Dear Author called “Romance and the Boundaries of the Self,” which discusses identity in romance novels.

The article touches on the fact that a lot of romance novels typically have a stronger, more interesting male character then that of the heroine.

Typically, I’ve found that this idea varies in Speculative Romance, but is very true in Regency–many of those stories consist of a rake or dark anti-hero, who is a “bad a they come,” until the herione enters the mix and changes him for the good. While good romances usually have both main characters going through change, it is usually the male character or “rake” prototype who changes the most.

There are some exceptions. For instance, I’ve found that Adele Ashworth is an atypical Regency romance writer in that many of her female characters have an equally dark past as those of the rakish hero. In both Duke of Sin and  When It’s Perfect, the heroines struggle with their own dark secrets, while, for a change, the heroes provide love and support.

But what is interesting is that books such as these are few and far between. What is it, then, about the rake–and are there female heroines who are just as equally “notorious?”

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