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...