February, 2015

Why Amish Romance Novels Are Hot!

Why Amish Romance Novels Are Hot Ours is a hectic world and one that you would think wouldn’t really have much of an audience for Amish fiction, let alone Amish romance novels – but you’d be wrong. In fact, Amish romance novels are hot. Just a decade ago, the genre was in its infancy and new titles were rare, arriving on shelves at a rate of maybe one per year. Things have changed a lot in the last ten years, with half of the titles on the Christian fiction top 10 best sellers list being Amish related; and some of these books even made the mainstream best sellers list. Why have Amish Christian romance writers managed to make such a splash in the world of publishing? There’s a very simple explanation. These novels appeal to readers who want to read romance, but would rather avoid the explicit language (and explicit sex) found in many mainstream titles. Amish romance novels are certainly not erotica, but they appeal to readers who want something more wholesome and family-centered. The best of these novels are incredibly well written, but at least until very recently, their audience was largely Christian women. Maybe it shouldn’t be such a surprise that Amish romance novels have become such a hit. We live in an age where the divorce rate seems to continually climb and real romance ever harder to find, which makes exploring Amish culture all the more appealing. On some level, many of us yearn for a simpler, quieter life. Of course, each reader brings their own experience and perceptions to these books and each has their own reasons for being attracted to Amish fiction. Many fans of Amish fiction find the experience of reading these novels to be a sort of time travel to a time when the world was a calmer place and the family was the central social unit. Close-knit families and communities as symbolized by meals together around the kitchen table and a generally less hectic life are all things that modern readers find very enticing – and the rapidly growing sales of Amish romance novels are ample proof of this. The Amish romance boom began with Beverly Lewis’ 1997 novel, “The Shunning,” which was the first installment in a trilogy. Since then, she has sold over 12 million books. It’s clear that this is more than a short lived trend. In fact,

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The Prisoner Returns – To Audio

The Prisoner Returns – To Audio The cult 1960s TV series, The Prisoner, will soon be coming back as an audio series, according to an announcement by Big Finish Productions Ltd., which has inked a licensing deal for the series with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Big Finish will be producing a series of audio dramas based on the original series using the latest in sound production technology and a new score composed for the series. For those who are unfamiliar with the original TV series, a secret agent (Patrick McGoohan) resigns abruptly from MI6 one day in 1967 and wakes up the next day in The Village. A seemingly cheerful village, the agent’s new surroundings quickly reveal a sinister side. Referred to only as Number Six by the inhabitants of The Village, our protagonist finds himself locked in a battle of wills with Number Two, who appears to be in charge of the day to day operations of The Village – and tasked with finding out what led Number Six to resign. Number Six resists Number Two’s attempts to break him and works to escape in the face of ever more bizarre and dangerous interrogation techniques by the mysterious people who run The Village and learn the identity of Number One. Number Six is never named in the series, but thought by many fans to be John Drake, the secret agent McGoohan portrayed on the preceding series Danger Man (Secret Agent in the US). The Prisoner isn’t Big Finish Productions’ first foray into audio drama. The company is already well known for their BBC Radio 4, CD and electronic format Dr. Who audio dramas, which have run for more than 15 years. Big Finish also produces the popular audio dramas The Avengers, Dark Shadows, Sherlock Holmes, Survivors and The Omega Factor. The company’s co-executive producer, Nicholas Briggs will head up The Prisoner as writer and director. He’s been part of Big Finish since its inception and has also won recognition for his work on the Doctor Who TV series, where he voices Daleks and other characters. Briggs also wrote and directed the BBC Audio Drama Award winning Doctor Who story Dark Eyes. The Prisoner has yet to be cast, but Briggs has said that he hopes to push boundaries with the series rather than simply imitating what’s come before. Given his track record with other audio dramas, it’s fair to

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