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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:

"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.


Sep. 18th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Saw another comment on this, but had to add my two cents: violet eyes are rare, but do exist. They just aren't purple as the name would seem to imply. Just as hazel eyes aren't necessarily brown; sometimes they're more green, and I knew someone whose eyes turned nearly yellow depending on lighting/what he wore/etc. (We used to tease him about having mood eyes; they really did look different colors with different moods.)

I tend to ignore eye color unless the description is unnecessarily poetic, because whatever the description is, there's probably someone out there who can match it.
Sep. 18th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sure violet eyes do exist in real life, but nowhere near as often as they show up in fiction. :)

True on those other eye colors, though. Mine are green/brown, with lighting and clothing shades bringing out one hue over the other variously. And my husband's are almost unclassifiable. If you look close, they're made up of patches of gray/blue and patches of green/brown. The overall effect is greenish.