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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Harlequin Romance Report 2006

The report arrived today. I think I signed up to get it, rather than it being something all authors get.
It is aimed at newspapers and magzines -- I think. This year's report is all on The Encounter.

It has some wonderfully cheesy chat up lines. Australia scores the highest for the most arrogant.
'Well here I am. What were your other two wishes?'
'Didn't anyone tell you that you wanted to sleep with me?I thought you knew.."
'Is it cold out or are you smuggling tic tacs?'
'Smart and beautiful -- you are truly the perfect package' --- made all the funnier because according to a poll Harlequin conducted Australians were the only country to say that intellect had nothing to do with a first encounter.
'How do you like your eggs in the morning?'
Although the Brazilian -- 'Memorize my name as you will be shouting all night long.' came a good second.

I did like the Canadian -- 'Do you have a band-aid?I scraped my knees when I fell for you.'
The German 'Do you believe in love at first sight or shall I enter the room again?' made me giggle out loud.
The Spanish -- I would like to be your pajamas so that we can share the same bed is slightly perplexing.

It is an interesting read, but not quite what I expected...

3 comments:

Kate Hardy said...

And did you see who was no 10 on the sexiest men list? Keith Urban - yay! (DREADFUL pic of him, too.)

Michelle Styles said...

Ah ha now I know -- all Harlequin authors get the report.

Yes, I did see the top ten and thought of you, Kate and Biddy.
But some of them, I just went huh? Hugh Hefner? The most sought after? Why?

Sela Carsen said...

Those are a riot!! Thanks for sharing! I like the last few, too. The Canadian one was very sweet. And the German was adorable.