First, thanks to Barb Ferrer: People Magazine’s hottest bachelors issue is out, and Ferrer reports that “one of the mini-features is bachelors dressed up and recreating traditional romance novel covers.” Judging from Brody Jenner’s picture, they’ve got it 40% correct. Mullet? No! Shirt open and still tucked in? Yes, but on technicality- the shirt is unlaced. Sword of dubious significance? NO! And the wind appears to be emerging from only one direction.
Her dress is damn good though. I think that’s the same gown from the cover of The Luxe.
Kiplinger.com has a list of 10 Quirky Econimic Indicators that reveal, in case you hadn’t heard, that the US economy is in the crapper. Inexpensive entertainment and hopeful media like … wait for it… romance novels. Surprise!
The economy has broken your heart and stomped it to pieces and now you need to put it back together. At least that’s what Harlequin, the giant romance novel publisher, says is happening. In 2008, Harlequin’s sales were up 32% from the year before. In 2009, its sales are still rising.
The publisher credits this its uplifting stories that offer a haven, and to the low prices of the books relative to other entertainment. This theory has stood the test of time. Harlequin saw a similar sales increase during the recession of the early 90’s. So if these stories start piling up unwanted on the discount table at the bookstore, alongside all those mis-timed guides to real estate riches, better news is on the way.
Ah yes, romance: the turgid profitable tower in a spreadsheet of losses.
[Thanks to the many, many folks who sent me this link.]
Would someone please write a romance novel with a hero who can frankly describe himself, as Piers Morgan did, as a “pure piece of prime British flame grilled beef?”
[Thanks to Anonymous for the link.]
And finally: from Carol, another reason for me to love NPR. Their Matter of Fact blog linked to my interview with librarian of awesome Jennifer Lohmann from Durham Public Library, which, awesome. Yay!