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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 06:07 pm
For my final assignment in my databases class, I'm making a database of Heyer romances. The idea behind it is that a user could search for books with a certain type of hero or heroine, or remind themselves which book is Black Sheep and which is Lady of Quality, or figure out which Heyer book to recommend to a friend who didn't like Sylvester but liked Venetia. It will include reader reviews, favorites, and least-favorites. No one will be seeing this information but my teacher, and in theory I could make it all up, but that's no fun.

Anyway, if you're reading this and you're in the mood to rhapsodize about Georgette Heyer, or you're in the mood to complain about how much of a jerk Sherry in Friday's Child is, please take a second to tell me some of your thoughts. You can just tell me your favorite book, or you can write a whole essay -- all information is good! I'm interested in hearing:

Favorite book(s): (feel free to add an estimate of how many times you've read 'em, if you can guess)
Least favorite book(s):
Favorite character(s):
Least favorite character(s):
Are there any Heyer books you liked at first but liked less on rereading? Any books you didn't like at first that have really grown on you?
And, for a bonus, which books do you get mixed up? I always get The Quiet Gentleman and Unknown Ajax confused.

Thanks so much!

(I also posted this to [livejournal.com profile] heyer_haven on livejournal under my lj identity, so apologies to anyone who's getting this twice.)
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Hey, what an interesting database! I'll bite, although I'm no Heyer maven.

Favorite book(s): Black Sheep (out of about 8 I've read)
Least favorite book(s): Frustratedly and in a love-hate kind of way, These Old Shades.
Favorite character(s): Miles Caverleigh, LĂ©onie de Saint-Vire/Leon Bonnard, Sophy Stanton-Lacy (from dim memory), Rupert Alastair
Least favorite character(s): Justin Alastair the Duke of Avon
Are there any Heyer books you liked at first but liked less on rereading? Any books you didn't like at first that have really grown on you? I'm a pretty recent Heyer reader so my reactions haven't shifted a lot, though I've had time to process my feelings about These Old Shades.
And, for a bonus, which books do you get mixed up? I always get The Quiet Gentleman and Unknown Ajax confused. Lady of Quality and Cotillion, for no good reason.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Favorite book(s): Venetia, Devil's Cub, The Unknown Ajax, The Convenient Marriage - all read several times over.

Least favorite book(s): Mostly her earlier ones, although of her later ones, Cousin Kate just doesn't work for me

Favorite character(s): Venetia, Mary from Devil's Cub, Hugo Darracott, Gilly aka the Duke of Sale, Horatia from The Convenient Marriage (my god she'll be scary once she's older)

Least favorite character(s): Leonie, sadly. I want to like her, but she just irritates the heck out of me instead. Everyone in Regency Buck.

Are there any Heyer books you liked at first but liked less on rereading? Any books you didn't like at first that have really grown on you? What I like and dislike has stayed fairly constant over rereading.


Sunday, May 6th, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
Favorite book(s): A Civil Contract, Devil's Cub, The Quiet Gentleman, Black Sheep (all read at least five times). I have a fairly strong preference for older heroines, and prefer the books where we see quite a bit of character development in both protagonists and there is not too much histronic outbursting or too much of the hero being inscrutable and three steps ahead. For example, while I enjoy A Convenient Marriage as a sparkling tale, I find Horatia's tangle a bit ridiculous and I can't sympathise with her as much as I'd like. On the other hand, Frederica shows Alverstoke's feelings changing and him gradually getting ready to take on all this responsibility, and it's more realistic and he's clearly shown as uncertain.

Least favorite book(s): Regency Buck, Bath Tangle, An Infamous Army.

Favorite character(s): Mary Challoner, Drusilla Morville, Frederica Merriville, Vernon Alverstoke

Least favorite character(s): Everyone from Regency Buck, except Beau Brummell, who was oddly charming.

Are there any Heyer books you liked at first but liked less on rereading? Any books you didn't like at first that have really grown on you? I've tended to love them or mildly dislike them from the start and not change. Perhaps the only one was Sprig Muslin, which took a couple of reads to really appreciate Hester.

And, for a bonus, which books do you get mixed up? I am terrible at remembering the names, and while filling this in I had to sit for a while and recount plot points and characters to myself until I could remember some titles. You know what would be awesome? A way to search for titles by plot points or settings. I mean, sometimes all I can remember about Cotillion is that they get engaged so that she gets to go to London and then she wears his sister's clothes because his sister has money but no taste.