Bitchery reader Darlynne forwarded me links to Biblio.com’s newsletter article this month, which focuses on romance novels as collectibles.
Now, E. D’Trix sent me a business card holder made out of an old Harlequin cover and she bought herself one made from the cover of a book that I believe is called “The Pink Phaeton.” Cover arts and crafts aside, however, is there a market for collecting romance novels themselves?
G.A. Hazelwood writes an interesting article about romance novels as collectible items that, as Darlynne says, errors in grammar notwithstanding, is not the least bit condescending. In fact, given this quote, I might go so far as to say that Hazelwood “gets it:” “few seem to take the romance novel with much seriousness, except their readers and fans of the genre.” Mr. Hazelwood, come on over here and sit here by me.
Does anyone out there collect romance novels, such as the first editions of favorite authors? Signed editions? Or just favorite books to re-read until the cover splits and falls off? Some books, such as Laura London’s The Windflower are listed for more than $29 US, while others are merely $1. Do you have a romance collection that’s potentially worth a good deal?