The Frivol as Romantic Hero

Loving them as I do, I would love to write a romantic hero frivol. (See previous post.)  But can it be done? Even the Incomparable Georgette Heyer did not quite bring it off.

Lord Rupert Alastair – ‘Solitude’s the thing. Solitude and a fat ham’ – is undoubtedly a wondrous Frivol. But he is also a resolute bachelor.

Lovely Sherry in Friday’s Child has a touch of the Frivol but marriage sobers him – along with making him a warmer and more wonderful human being, of course, and capable of slugging slimy Sir Montagu.

I love that book – but I’m not sure romance quite takes with Frivols.

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7 Comments

  1. Liz Fielding said,

    August 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I love a frivol, too, Jenny, and think Englishmen are much under rated gems.

  2. Jan Jones said,

    August 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Gosh, you’ve made me think now, Jenny (it’s all right, I forgive you). A heroic Frivol… Trouble is, they’re often so useful as light relief and for acting as the hero’s foil. Freddy in ‘Cotillion’?

  3. Evonne Wareham said,

    August 28, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I was thinking of Freddy too. The thing about a frivol, a point Heyer makes herself, is that they are probably much nicer to live with than your average alpha. The heroine – what an admission, I can’t remember her name – remarks how pleasant it is to have someone who makes sure you are warm and comfortable.

  4. Liz Fielding said,

    August 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I thought of Freddy, Jan, but since my brain is Swiss cheese, couldn’t think of the book. I adored, Freddy!

  5. Jan Jones said,

    August 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Absolutely, Liz. Love him to bits.

  6. August 29, 2009 at 11:49 am

    And I too thought immediately of Freddy. Is he unique among GH heroes? Lovely blog, by the way.

  7. August 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I keep telling Lucy Gordon that I adore her flippant second sons far more than the sober, upright, responsible older ones. Does that count?


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