The other day my husband and I were talking about cover art, and, truth be told, we were snickering about Harlequin romance cover art.  How the guy is always half-dressed.  How he’s always buff, and “manly.”  And how she is always facing away from him, and her eyes are closed (or close to being closed).

You know the cheesy art I’m talking about.

So we snickered, and then he said, “The women always look like they’re going to fall asleep.”

And then, we came up with the idea for:

Narcoleptic Romance

It would be uproariously funny to find a romance where the heroine falls asleep at inopportune times — including those particular times of passion!  She would fall asleep during dinner.  She’d fall asleep in his car…. and wake up in his bed.  She’d fall asleep in the middle of the classic argument.  And, at the end, she’d fall asleep in his arms after having exchanged “I love you’s” with her man (and he would love her despite her sleepy tendencies).

So, there you have it.  Narcoleptic Romance.  A new sub-genre.

Romance writers: I triple-dog dare you.


3 thoughts on “an observation on older harlequin cover art

  1. Narcoleptic Romance? I love that idea! And it makes more sense than half the other sub-genres out there… inspirational romance has always sounded like an oxymoron to me.

    It’s funny how romance covers depict men the same way. Just once it’d be nice to have someone a little more normal on the cover; like someone wearing a shirt! But I guess they know their demographic.

    I remember Kelly Link wrote a story about a husband and wife who were married; he was alive, she was dead and they communicated from beyond the grave. If that worked, why not a Narcoleptic Romance? It’s got Danielle Steel written all over it. 🙂

  2. Hehehe. Yeah, I’d like to see a romance cover featuring your every-day, average joe too.

    But then again, if the romance genre were left up to people like us, we’d totally turn it on its head! lol.

    Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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