I recently watched the entire series of “City of Vice” starring Ian McDiamid and Iain Glen. The series was on channel 4 last year.
It was an entralling program or 5 episodes covering the birth of the “Bow Street Runners” the first ever police force. What I didn’t know was the Bow Street Runners were the brainchild of Henry Fielding (author of Tom Jones).
The series is quite dark, and covers the rough side of life – prostitution, gangs, robbery and a myriad of other crimes that London was home to and how Fielding and his brother tried to stop it.
What has this got to do with romantic fiction? Well, not a lot – but that’s my point. As a writer I tend to shy away from the hard side of life. Is this a romantic view of the world? Yes! Is it unrealistic? Yes I suppose it is. But I see nothing wrong with escaping the real world and into a book where the hard side of life exists but isn’t dwelt on or only used to further the plot or challenge the characters.
It is “fiction” after all!
PS City of Vice is out on DVD now.