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I've just finished proofing the (electronic) galleys for The Ghost Downstairs (yes, I'll tell you once I have my release dates), so it's time for some lightweight material. What better for the occasion than this long, but hilarious, thread on the phrases in romance novels that drive readers crazy?

Considering it goes on for 700 comments and still running, I haven't read them all. But some of my favorites are:

"man-root"
"burning sword of his manhood"
a character having violet eyes (A peeve of mine for sure. I have never seen anyone with violet eyes.)
bodies turning to "molten lava" during sex
"laving" of nipples
"going blind" during sex (one reader writes, "all I can do is hope she isn't actually suffering a retinal detachment")
"releasing his boiling tribute into her"

Yikes. I better stop there before this post becomes unsuitable for minors.

Comments

elycia
Sep. 16th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
Okay, yeah, most of those are pretty awful. But for the record, Elizabeth Taylor really does have violet eyes. (It especially shows in National Velvet and Cleopatra from what I read; I haven't seen either movie beginning to end. I've always thought she was the most beautiful woman on earth, in part because of those remarkable and unusual eyes.
mollyringle
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Huh, I used to think that was just due to contact lenses. But I guess she truly is blessed that way. Quite unusual and pretty!