Last weekend, ABC Family (yes, I know it is #Freeform now, but I just can’t call it that) aired a “Throwback Weekend” showing movies that were 10 or more years old (Clueless is 21, yikes!).  Personally, I think they were looking for a reason to air High School Musical and took advantage of the fact that it came out in 2006.  Anyway, this got me thinking about what I consider “throwback” or “classic”.  One of the things I had a problem with was that they placed the label at 10 years.  I don’t know if I can really say that’s a throwback.  Ten years is nothing.  I even had a problem with the idea that Bring It On, which came out in 1999 was being aired as such, but really, if it were a person, it would be getting ready to graduate high school.  Damn.  I turned 13 in 1999.  I’m getting old.

Anyway, when I was thinking about this, I started to realize that we don’t really talk about books written more than two or three years ago.  Everyone is all about Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, and Kate Noble.  While they’re all awesome, it seems like unless you read a book when it came out, you ignore it.  For me, a lot of that comes from those cheesetastic covers–seriously, no wonder people thought romance was “porn for women” (let’s set aside that if women want to watch/read porn, they can and do watch/read the same stuff as men).  If Fabio was on the cover, I just walked right passed it in the store.  (I know.  I know.  You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but those covers were awful, even if they weren’t indicative of what was inside.)  The other part is wariness.  I’ve heard all about Alpha rapist heroes and heroines with Stockholm Syndrome.  I really really didn’t want to stumble upon one of those, but now I’m going to expand my horizons.  At least once a month, I am going to read and review a Throwback Novel.  Here’s the thing–not every book is a throwback, so there is one rule.

  1. A Throwback Novel is a book published between 1980 and 2000.

If the main characters are sipping Chai Lattes while talking on iPhones and heading to Spin Class, then it is not a throwback.  On the other hand, if they’re hanging out at Studio 54 and doing the Hustle, it is also not a throwback.  Depending on the book, it could be a classic or old.  Not a throwback.

I’m currently looking for books that fit my definition of a Throwback Novel (Julia Quinn was writing back in the 90’s–who knew?).  I’m going to ease my way into this and so my first Throwback Novel will be Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.  I’ve read this before, so I know I like it, but it has been at least 5 years since I last re-read it.  We’ll see if it is still as good this time around.

I’d appreciate any recommendations I can get, but remember, it needs to have been published between 1980 and 2000.

Elizabeth

Romance novels have been a part of my life since I was 14 years old and one of my neighbors dropped off a laundry basket full of Harlequins. From that day on, my nose was always in a book. I started my first review site in 2013, but took some time off for personal issues in 2018.

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