Georgette Heyer, despite her wonderfully large array of Regency Romances, has had barely any adaptations (whilst dear Jane Austen has many). So why are there no Georgette Heyer movies? Well, number one the rights were not in the public domain and won’t be for some while yet. Second, Georgette Heyer, after the making of the terrible Reluctant Widow movie sixty years ago, decided that never again would a movie be made. However, all has changed. Recently news came out of The Grand Sophy movie. If all goes well with this new Georgette Heyer movie, perhaps there will be many more to come. What happens if it’s a major flop? God, I cringe to think of it.
I feel like I was almost tricked into reading The Reluctant Widow. My mother sang its praises so I trusted that it would improve throughout the novel. I was, however, rather disappointed. This is, by far, my least favourite Heyer Regency romance. But don’t trust me (some people love it!). Try it yourself. Note though that the movie was really rather bad.
The Grand Sophy is deservedly in my top 10 of favourite Georgette novels. The main character, Sophy, is vivacious, confident and sparkling to say the least. Eccentric in her manners, she’s the life of the party. Upon her arrival to stay with her cousins, aunt and uncle, she comes bearing a monkey, a greyhound and a parrot. She brightens up the household that had been living quietly with her antics and personality. As you can imagine, almost farcical love triangles and plots ensue. A great read. I would happily suggest The Grand Sophy to anyone who wanted to try out Georgette. Not only that, I think it is the perfect first (real) film choice. If done well, then this Georgette Heyer movie could be the first of many. Perhaps a resurgence of Heyer is due!