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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

(Anonymous)
Sep. 17th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
"burning sword of his manhood" sounds like he needs an ointment.
and anything about "flowers" bugs me. "flower of womanhood" or "buds"
mollyringle
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, all those burning sensations do suggest the need for a visit to the doctor, ASAP.