You must have seen them on a library bookshelf, or perhaps you have read a few stashed in your bedside table? Romance literature with ever-so-slightly cheesy covers have been around since the early to mid-20th century. Mills and Boon cornered the market for the erotic novels and still produce them today. They were marketed as escapist literature for women in the 1930s, although there are some men who claim them as their guilty pleasure.
The covers usually depict a romantic scene between two people: usually a muscled man embracing a woman in a fit of passion. There has been some controversy over the years with the solely Caucasian characters and storylines centred on male dominance. Despite this, they remain ever-popular and provide an erotic escape into a world often unknown to their readers. Some feminist academics have even gone as far as to say they are feminist texts by introducing women to the concept of orgasms, and sexual liberation.
Val Derbyshire of the University of Sheffield, UK is a big fan. She say that the books are written for women, by women, and have much more value than many give them credit for.
One of the best things about the romance novels are the covers, however for may people it is also the worst thing. Photographer Kathleen Kamphausen decided she was sick of seeing overly-polished people in those poses. Yearning for some un-retouched, ‘normal’ folk in the same romantic scenes, she recreated them. With help from a handful of models her recreation of the cheesy book covers are just… Well, take a look for yourself…
Online book reviews can be a little hit-and-miss as people can review anonymously and occasionally the people reviewing can be a little cheeky…
Check out these 10 hilarious book reviews posted online. Let us know if you agree with any of them!
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Book Club stars Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton as a group of book club members who seem to be getting bored of the usual books they read together until one day someone suggests 50 Shades of Grey. Suddenly the women discover a tantalising peek into a world of sexuality they’ve never considered before… Romance blossoms, sexualities are awakened, and hilarity ensues!
Watch the trailer below, and keep an eye out for the movie coming in May 2018.
Created alongside Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, Hogwarts Mystery puts you in the place of a wizard or witch at one of the most best magical schools in the world: Hogwarts. You can attend classes, cast spells, brew potions, and go on adventures. Student wizards and witches can also make friends, or start rivalries, with their fellow students.
The trailer gives us a fantastic insight into what the game has to offer- check it out below.
From the Angel of the North to a Zebra Crossing…
What makes someone quintessentially British? Would it be their love for a full English breakfast? Or their amazing talent for queuing? The Royal Mint has designed a new and exciting (for coin enthusiasts) collection of ten pence pieces.
The collection will consist of 26 new 10p designs intended to be an A to Z of what puts the GREAT in Great Britain.
From the 1st of March 2018, James Bond, fish and chips, and the Loch Ness Monster will be celebrated in the new collection, among many more!
Bell and Grant have been longtime artistic collaborators and The Famous Ladies Dinner Service was their most ambitious and most important commission to date.
The dinner service totals 50 plates and can be seen at Masterpiece London, the international fine and decorative arts fair.