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…
If you are looking for some bookish ideas to spruce up you Hanukah celebrations then look no further. We have gathered together some of the internet’s finest literary bookish menorahs meant to interest the most dedicated bookish reader celebrating Hanukah.
Check out these fantastic creations.
#NoelANovel has fast become the best bookish game to play with your followers and we at For Reading Addicts were excited to join in! We asked our readers on Facebook to come up with some of their own and this is what they have brought us…
With the festive season fast approaching, today we’re looking at the perfect gifts for writers and thankfully the Internet throws up some interesting and unique options! Read More
The worlds that fantasy authors create are full of amazing creatures, fearsome warriors, and magical beings beyond human comprehension… It is no wonder it is one of the most popular fiction genres!
Here are 10 of the most fantastical gifts for fantasy fiction fans we could find…
The men in my family are notoriously difficult to buy for but thankfully they are all avid readers so taking them as inspiration we bring you- 10 Literary Gifts For Him. We hope to cover all the bases here, from the classy intellectual to the nerdy and humorous, you will find what you need.
Jill Ashton graduated in 2004 from The University of Central England with a First Class BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Now, as Betty Pepper the artist based in the South East of England, she spends a lot of time making each unique piece of art and jewellery. Betty’s literary-inspired art is created from silver wire and fabric fragments, and any orphaned books she finds while out on a ‘rummage’. She gives life to old and ruined books once more by fashioning quirky and whimsical pieces from their pages.
Betty’s work is displayed and sold across Europe from Glasgow to Paris, with collections and commissions also available via MadeByHandOnline. The artwork can also be found at worldwide exhibitions- most recently in the UK (Suffolk, and Leeds) and Munich, Germany.