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Patrarekha

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Posted: 07 April 2013 at 1:24pm | IP Logged
have anyone read the flame and the flower by katheleen.d.woodwiss ?? its called the pioneer of new genre of modern historical romance..but i just don't know how its appreciated by feminists and is called romance

i have stopped counting how many times hero raped heroine

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Posted: 11 April 2013 at 6:27pm | IP Logged
It's an old fashioned bodice ripper.
In it's time it was pioneering mainly due to the fact that the hero was vile. The heroine was duly raped, tortured and tormented for usually imagined wrong doings but called a romance due to the fact there was the HEA to look forward to. The hero was macho and took what he wanted.
Also the "love scenes" (or rather the violent love making or rape) was explicit which was new for romance therefore pioneering.

These books are not so much in vogue anymore but there are still some who like to see the heroine go through a lot of abuse before she gets her happy ever after so still a few fans about (quite a lot going by the forums and the amount that are available in digital format!)

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Posted: 11 April 2013 at 8:48pm | IP Logged
thanks for commenting..i am fond of historical/periodical romance so was eager to read it when i heard its pioneer of its genre of historical romance
and after going through this i came to know rape is called new genre of romance when the rapist is handsome and macho..
i mean its not wrong to show change of an abusive man with power  of love but chapter after chapter vivid description of rape and violence seemed she is glorifying this in name of romance..and i am shocked when i went through the online reviews and saw how much people loved this concept and were justifying it
no wonder why rape increases all over the world LOL

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Posted: 12 April 2013 at 12:15am | IP Logged
It's all part and parcel of it being a medieval romance therefore the hero isn't bound by the morals that we are. authors and readers are given the licence to write and enjoy the violence because the hero is following the norms of the time. He can be barbaric because that's what men were back then. 
The author wouldn't be able to write the same way for a contemporary hero because it wouldn't be civilised and the readers would boycott it. The era the book is set in has a big part to play.

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Posted: 12 April 2013 at 12:34am | IP Logged
yeah that's a point..the timeline justified rape and violence as romance..LOL

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Posted: 12 April 2013 at 10:18am | IP Logged
Apart from the violence how's it reading? Anything redeeming about it?

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Posted: 12 April 2013 at 10:22am | IP Logged
well actually the reading is good..and truely speaking those vivid descriptions are also enjoyable if i keep my feminist persona aside (i am hardcore feminist)

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Posted: 12 April 2013 at 11:03am | IP Logged
May have to have a read myself!!LOL

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