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I like the title

Tue, 07/14/2009 - 12:58 by Ananth in response to his pride, her passion

We've done two subway related strips in the past week and a half! Well, we've been spending a lot of time on public transit, and it's a gold mine. 

To you ladies - are romance novels girl porn? I do believe that they are. 

My friends and I used to challenge each other to go into book stores and read aloud from romance novels. It was like russian roulette - one person closes their eyes and points to a page at random, which they then have to read aloud in their most dramatic voice. We got the boot from a couple of bookstores that way, until we finally found one where the staff joined us. Try this game! It is loads of fun. 

I'll be at Otakon this upcoming weekend! Then Yuko and I will be at SDCC (no table), and then Yuko and I will be at Connecticon (also Conrad?) ... we'll have a table there with some merch to sell. If you see us walking around at any of these shows, don't be shy - flag us down and say hello, we like to chat. 

Comments

They ARE pr0n!

Comment by Virtual Bob (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 13:03

Softcore, but definitely the genuine article. My niece calls them "Pillow Riders". Don't ask...

Haaahahaha I don't think I

Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:17

Haaahahaha I don't think I need to ask XD

I wonder what the writers of

Comment by Abe (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 13:14

I wonder what the writers of those books are thinking when they write those parts.

Really?

Comment by Jess (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 23:54

You are wondering what they are thinking? o_O

Ananth and Yuko, you know this makes you voyeurs.

LOL

Hmm, it might be true. :O 

Comment by Ananth Wed, 07/15/2009 - 06:37

Hmm, it might be true. :O 

...

Comment by Saint Jacky (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 13:27

I'm a writer, but I have yet to write a scene of the more... erotic variety. I don't know if I really want to. I'd hate to imagine my parent's feedback if they read it. XD

defense?

Comment by mentaluproar (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 10:38

What, you think you were hatched or something?

Give it a try

Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 17:51

It's great practice. Writing a steamy love scene is a lot of fun and is surprisingly hard to do well. More than a few modern writers have sharpened their skills doing just that. The most famous example was a book called 'Naked Came the Stranger'.

Hmm

Comment by Saint Jacky (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 09:37

Perhaps I will, at some point. Right now, I'd rather practise on getting my skill in general writing up. :3

:p

Comment by eye-shuh (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 13:38

They are, but not in the way you think. Romance novels are ROMANCE porn for girls. The idea of the perfect man for the perfect woman and him sweeping her of her feet in his own way.

The sex scenes usually don't amount to much.

Note: Women watch real porn. They don't read romance novels to get off...at least I hope most don't.

>>;

Comment by Ashiru (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 13:48

I TRIED to read one once when I was a teenager, but I got to one of the steamy parts while siting next to my mom and she looks over at me and is like "What's with that face?" and died. I never picked one up again. ^^;

Dude ... oh wow. To be fair,

Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:18

Dude ... oh wow. To be fair, I too would die of embarrassment. 

You guys...

Comment by mylemonblue (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 13:57

You guys are to funny. LOL. Well don't stop having fun! >.<

THIS is why I don't read

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 14:28

THIS is why I don't read anything even remotely raunchy on the metro ;D

To Abe: In my experience the

Comment by Bees (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 14:49

To Abe:
In my experience the only real way to do it is to not read what you've just written and surge through it as quickly as possible. The editing process is cringeworthy (I don't write romance novels by the way, crikey no, every now and again I just happen to have steamy scenes).

I did know this woman once who'd been professionally writing hard-core erotica since she was 13, so I guess it just comes easily to some people.

It's funny - I have a very

Comment by Contagonist (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:41

It's funny - I have a very easy time writing erotic scenes. Different strokes for different folks, as the cliche goes.

I just realized how hilarious that was in a different context.

The most challenging thing I

Comment by Bees (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 04:00

The most challenging thing I ever wrote was a scene in a zero gravity situation between a human man and a half-alien lady with tentacles coming out of her spine (sci-fi/comedy/smut for the win!)

Apparently I blush a lot, because my flatmate kept asking me if I was okay.

Interspecies relations!

Comment by Razor (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 12:26

Now THAT'S creative! =D

It's kind of both.

Comment by Tentacular (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 13:05

I don't know whether to be disturbed or turned on.

Disturbed or not, I want to

Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 17:52

Disturbed or not, I want to read it.

My friends and I play a

Comment by Lizzie (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 14:51

My friends and I play a similar game. All players pick a different romance book off the shelf and at the signal try to find a dirty part. Whoever gets there first wins and then shares the steamy section. It's harder than it sounds.

If you can't find a steamy

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 15:50

If you can't find a steamy section in less than 5 random page-flips, it's no good.

A friend and I were at a used-book store and had a ball with the comparatively LARGE romance novel section. I was complaining that the books should be organized by cover: Hot man w/ flowy hair, hot girl w/ flowy hair, guy + girl kissing, guy + girl in tender embrace, glimpses of a body + red sheets, dramatic scenery, etc.

IT JUST MAKES SENSE.

Hahahaha I like your system.

Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:19

Hahahaha I like your system. Perfect!

Romance Novel Mad Libs

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 16:03

I was at a girlfriend's birthday party in high school, in which she received a few romance novels from one of her other friends. Later on that night, we ran out of things to do, so I suggested we take the raunchy parts of the romance novels and play mad libs.

Now whenever someone I know has a romance novel on hand, I suggest the game, and that usually keeps us occupied for awhile. It's funny enough examining the kinds of silly adjectives and hilarious euphemisms the authors use, but add your own without knowing the context, and things get sillier.

Ad libs, wow. That hilarious

Comment by Lupus Draconis (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 21:40

Ad libs, wow. That hilarious and I'm totally stealing that.

My friend and I used to do

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 16:23

My friend and I used to do the same thing, except we'd read the backs of the novels in an Alan Rickman/Snape voice.

Bwahaha!

Comment by Razor (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 17:23

That's awesome! XD

This game is awesome

Comment by Nate (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 17:27

and it's totally what I'm doing next time I'm hanging out with my friends. Maybe we can change up what voices we do for extra fun.

Seriously.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 13:08

...I love you.

Niiiiiiice. XD

Comment by Lupus Draconis (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 21:39

Niiiiiiice. XD

I'm going to Otakon too!

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 16:46

I'm going to Otakon too! Hopefully I'll be able to see you guys. I love your comics!

I'll be there! I don't think

Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:20

I'll be there! I don't think Yuko or Conrad will make it, though. 

Never trust airport book stores.

Comment by LuluK (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 16:52

Lol, when I was nine, I had to go on an airplane to visit my cousins. I ended up finishing the book I brought with me, so my Mom made me get a random one from a bookstore in the airport. I ended up with a smutty romance novel. *shudder* I was scarred for life.
See you at Ota-kon!~

Ouch, ninja romance. That

Comment by Lupus Draconis (not verified) Thu, 07/16/2009 - 21:42

Ouch, ninja romance. That happened to me, too.

Ye Olde Bodice Rippers

Comment by Razor (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 17:22

I have run across very few 'romance novels' that I have ever enjoyed for more than just giggling like a fiend at the language. Harlequins are a little better, just stay away from the 'baby' ones and the military ones and the ones starring cowboys...uh, well, I guess that doesn't leave many, does it? LOL

I always choose romance novels (when I choose them at all) with this caveat: WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN CANNOT BE UNSEEN. It's saved my bacon many times.

Oh, and if the guy on the front looks like Fabio or IS Fabio? Kill it. Kill it with fire!

smoldering gaze

Comment by Louis (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 17:26

Haha, me and my best friend do this all the time when we go into the city. Pick a book from the Mills and Boon aisle, flick it open and start reading in a husky voice. I think my latest one was something about a girl standing in a manor's library while her forbidden love interest turned a "smoldering gaze" upon her, and her bosom was "heaving with emotion". The old ladies who come into the aisle to actually buy stuff always walk quickly away, and we laugh even harder.

The best part of the city bookstores is that they sell those packs of magnets with words written on them, so you can make messages on the fridge. They always have a little metal board with some demo words scattered across it, so we make suggestive phrases with them. "It rose like a beautiful sausage" was the most memorable.

Magnetic poetry

Comment by Razor (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 18:51

My fiance and his roomies have these on their fridge, and I can tell who wrote them by how suggestive they are. XD I think my fiance's contribution was "dumb stupid computer" (he builds/repairs computers). One of his roomies contributed "giant purple iron knife." That was the tamest of his entries--the others I can't repeat in mixed company!

I began to feel rather

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 17:38

I began to feel rather uncomfortable when I reached the romance scene in 'The Amber Spyglass' while on the subway - I couldn't imagine reading anything resembling a romance novel in public. I guess my views are a little on the conservative side, especially for a nineteen-year-old ^_^;

The title is nice. I had a

Comment by Kyon (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 18:47

The title is nice.
I had a super feminist writing professor my Freshmen year of college. She would always ride me about how my stories never seem to have a male protagonist and never a heroin. So just to get her to stop I wrote a story about a woman who sorta felt the natural electricity in the air, I won't bore you with details. Anyway there is a good two page section of well... turns out she really likes lightning storms. I thought maybe the teacher would find it demeaning or sexist but she actually really enjoyed it and made it the piece to be read aloud during our weekly writers guild meeting in the coffee house. I don't think I left my dorm for the entire weekend after that.

Grammar errors NOOO!!

Comment by Kyon (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 18:51

so it is suppose to say "my stories always had a male protagonist and never a Heroin". Writing major fail...

oh noes, drug users!

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 07/15/2009 - 09:59

...kidding. But, since you are all up in each others writing business, I have to add that it is "heroine," and not the drug kind. Also, no capitalization without a name, direct address (using a title - aka "the pope" as a name - aka, "Hello, Pope!"), or beginning of a sentence.

They are totally girl porn!

Comment by Sprinkles (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 19:26

They are totally girl porn!

Your facial expressions are

Comment by Gearfish (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 20:17

Your facial expressions are so adorable~!

Also, is that one of Yuko's characters back there?

Yeah, that's a character

Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:21

Yeah, that's a character from one of our long-term projects ... ! We've been planning it for about 2-3 years now, I think. It'll be a series.  

hahahahah!

Comment by Jason (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 20:21

i play this game with friends as well! though in my opinion, nothing beats reading a romance novel written in your native language. it's more...primal.

oh, and i miss Conrad and John in the comics!

"oh, and i miss Conrad and John in the comics!"

Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:22

Aw man, we'll have to remedy that! 

Hahahahaha! Ahhhhh, Romance novels.

Comment by Joe F (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 21:00

They're so bad. I have to backstock a bunch of them at work (I work at a Target) from time to time, and they sound so god awful. I've come up with a system of naming for them, too; most of them seem to follow the general "The (insert impossibly high class/rich title for a man) and the (insert subservient female position, usually a low-ranking job or class level, often dealing with marriage or paperwork)" formula. It's both hilarious and embarrassing to see.

I shall also be at Otakon as well! O: Look for the Daisuke Jigen handing out Tastycakes and Capri Suns. Is Yuko coming as well, or will it just be you, Ananth?

Just me! But come say hi

Comment by Ananth Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:23

Just me! But come say hi nonetheless. ;)

I shall do so!

Comment by Joe F (not verified) Tue, 07/14/2009 - 22:33

Perhaps if there is any left, you'll be able to sample some buttercake! It's.... I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but it's a pastry that I've only ever seen made around the Philadelphia area. It's amazingly sugary, but oh so delicious, and I'm bringing some down with me. It might all be gone really fast though. It's quite delicious.

Ohh man! I hope there are

Comment by Ananth Wed, 07/15/2009 - 06:38

Ohh man! I hope there are some left.