Romantic Book Covers Recreated With Normal Folk

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.




Credit: Val Derbyshire

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…




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