I am thrilled to have been asked to participate on a panel at the upcoming Historical Novel Society Conference in June. The topic? The Feisty Heroine Sold Into Marriage Who Hates Bear Baiting: Cliches in Historical Fiction and How to Avoid Them.
Now, I know for myself and for many other readers out there, about the only thing that irritates them more than blatant historical inaccuracy is clichés. Although the session is primarily geared towards writers, we thought it would be helpful to get an idea of which clichés drive readers the battiest.
So…if you have a “favorite” historical fiction cliché (or two, or three…) that just drives you up the wall, please let me know by completing the form below (I decided that would be the best way to compile the responses since Google will put them into a spreadsheet for me). The examples can be as generic or as specific (from a particular book or author) as you would like. Your name/email address are optional, although they would be helpful in case we’d like to follow up with you.
A huge thank you in advance!