Saturday, April 28, 2007

Romancing the Male.

Congratulations to Rosie Thomas who has won the romantic novelist of the year award for the second time for her novel IRIS AND RUBY.

There is an interesting quiz here to guess which of a series of extracts from the short-listed novels is written by a male author.

Gratifyingly, the extract I liked the best turned out to be from the winning novel. In fact I liked it so much that I may well read it one day, although I've never thought that romantic novels were quite my thing. I wonder what defines a romantic novel. I suppose love has to come into it somewhere.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that right there or do they have a blip? (The site and its navigation leave a lot to be desired, even though it's romance related and let's get floral and roundabout...)
I voted, but not sure I was right. Think I was though.

But neither do I wish to sully anyone's thoughts. Want a man? Get real. It's time to really understand how they think and make the most of it.

They are X and we are Y, or vice versa, and we shall meet eventually. Otherwise we wouldn't all be here today! Nice work, if you can get it. Better work, if you can develop it!

Sat Apr 28, 08:02:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with the legs? Becky on A Book a Week has this funny leggy post:
Legs are obviously the "in" thing for book jackets, even though there are evidently a limited number of ways in which they can be presented.

Sat Apr 28, 08:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CFR: When I did it a var graph appeared on the right to show how everyone else vored and then a link appeared above the story (it was 5 BTW).

Yes, I guess we need romance to propagate the species...although not absolutely essential, perhaps!

Maxine: yes I was going to remark on the legs! There seem to be a lot of them around (and other body parts) on covers these days. I used to like them at first (it suggested things, I thought but left enough to be mysterious) but now there are just so many it has become boring. Thanks for the link to book a week - very interesting post - it's reminded me of something...

Sat Apr 28, 08:43:00 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Not long ago, I had to introduce writers to the audience in a local "Festival of Romance" and was looking forward to meeting 4 women writers..
A few days before, I had a phone call from a man with a VERY deep voice:
" Hello, Jan" He growled ( pleasantly, I hasten to add " I'm Gill and I have a beard.."
This turned out to be Romantic Novelist Gill( actually Roger) Sanderson.

Sun Apr 29, 08:38:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. An extract from 'Gill's latest ouvre was in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine today along with a few other male romantic novelists that have come 'out'.

Sun Apr 29, 11:51:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Clare, I think I'd prefer legs to some other body parts. I reviewed a book a couple of months ago without really looking at the cover, seemed to be some moody abstract B&W thing. But one of my daughters noticed it lying there and was really quite upset at what it depicted. Had I noticed, I would not have left it lying around quite so freely. It was connected with eyelashes/eyes.

Quite often one gets female (usually) torsos, etc, on book covers. I think I prefer legs, on balance. But I'd prefer individuality even more!

Mon Apr 30, 07:03:00 pm  

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