Just as I prefer historical romance books over contemporary romance books, I also prefer historical romance films over contemporary ones. What’s more, I prefer to vacation in locations steeped in history. Give me the quaint charms of places like historic Charleston, South Carolina, which happens to be my favorite travel destination, over the flashing lights of Vegas-like spots anytime. In fact, I am never truly content unless I have visited Charleston at least twice a year. I have never visited Las Vegas, even for business related-purposes, and I like to think I never will. Tell me that I shall never visit Charleston again, and my first thought would be, Then why would I even leave the house? Fortunately, my daughter loves it too. Dear Husband? Not so much; however, he humors us.
We happen to have a perfect place to stay when we visit Charleston. It’s the French Quarter Inn. We’ve stayed at other downtown Charleston locations since first ‘discovering’ the FQI, but for me nothing else compares. In fact, I will travel to Charleston for the express purpose of an indulgent FQI retreat. Why would I do that? As the theme song from Cheers goes: sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. I’ll paraphrase a bit to add: and you always feel the same.
Indeed, arrive at the French Quarter Inn and hand over the keys to the bellhop who’s been there for years and remembers our names. Walk up to the front desk and greet our favorite associate who goes out of her way to upgrade our room to one of the finest in the establishment, often with a fireplace and a balcony overlooking the market. I’ll take it!
The intent of this post is not to go on and on about my favorite travel spot, but once I get started … just saying. I mean to write about my love of the historical versus the contemporary in general. I mentioned films. Historical films work for me. If I find one I really like, I will watch it again and again. Rarely does that happen for me with contemporary films. I can think of one that has truly drawn me in. Same as the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film, I have watched this particular film repeatedly for years. Having said this much, I may as well tell you the name of the film. It’s The Thing Called Love. It wasn’t a box office favorite. I ‘discovered’ it many years after its star, River Phoenix, passed away. It’s a cult classic, and I love it. In fact, TTCL was the inspiration for one of my best selling Darcy and Elizabeth stories. You’ll never guess which one.
I suppose the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film might one day be regarded as a cult classic of sorts as well. What I mean by that is if you love it, you really, really love it. At least that’s the way it is for me. I not only love it, I owe my Jane Austen fan fiction addiction to that film. I can rightfully say that more than a few of my Darcy and Elizabeth stories were inspired by that particular version.
Just as I get a strong sense of comfort whenever I stay at the FQI, I also get that same sense of comfort when I finish a Darcy and Elizabeth historical romance story. I can’t always describe it, but it’s what I long for.
Here are two more of my favorite things: connecting with fellow JAFF lovers and giveaways. In that spirit, I’m offering one of my ebooks to a lucky commenter. Winner’s choice!