I love outtakes and bloopers. When the mess-in-progress is not cooperating, I need a good laugh. It also helps to remind me that other creative people make mistakes, too.

Surfing around on Youtube, I found some good bloopers from the 1995 Pride & Prejudice and the 2006 Jane Eyre.  Note that horses play a major role in each set.

As to bloopers in romance novels, some that I remember are also horse-related. The mare that turned into a gelding in the course of a ride. The phaeton, a type of 4-wheeled carriage, that turned into a curricle, which has two wheels. (Admitted, a lot of readers wouldn’t know that.) The funniest blooper I can recall is where the hero referred to his “bullocks” instead of “bollocks”.

This is what copy editors are for, but they do miss stuff sometimes.

Ditto for cover artists. You may already have heard of the legendary cover for Christina Dodd’s 1993 release, Castles in the Air.  The rest of the story is here on her website.


As for bloopers I’ve made, I hope most were caught by me or my critique partners, like the scene where a gun mysteriously jumped from one character’s hands to another’s. I’d accidentally deleted the sentence with the handover. Another sort-of blooper is a sex scene in which I had the hero remove most of the heroine’s clothing, except I forgot about her boots. Once I realized, I let it be. Maybe that’s how they wanted it.

What are some of your favorite bloopers, whether on film or in books?


About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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6 Responses to Bloopers

  1. Mary Sze-Tu says:

    SO enjoyed this! the plane going over was a favorite but the three armed story was super! Hysterical. Made my day…wish I could sit and read tons more…

  2. Love those outtakes! My worst bloopers are changing people’s eye color! And their ages. I have too many versions of some stories and I have to keep checking the timeline!

    • Elena Greene says:

      I have a similar one in confusing the names of secondary characters and/or places, turning a Mary into a Maria or something-field into something-ton. It’s on my proofreading checklist. I also keep files with story timelines and character background timelines that I check if I want to say something happened X years ago.

      I still always worry that I missed something!

  3. diane says:

    My worst blooper was mistyping the date for Waterloo at the very very very beginning of Chivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress -JULY 18, 1815 instead of JUNE 18, 1815. I knew the difference, but mistyped and no one noticed — except Kathleen, one sharp-eyed reader of the NA release. Luckily she told me and we fixed it for the UK version!

    • Elena says:

      That’s the definition of a blooper to me–something that just happens to someone who usually gets it right! I bet most readers wouldn’t have noticed, even ones who knew the correct date. I think sometimes our minds auto-correct things like that, so we miss them.

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