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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Lost Generation


Saw this dialogue at Goodreads (paraphrasing)...

"I don't get that LUMBERJACK book cover. What's up with that?"

"I think it's supposed to be a take-off on the 1980s Fabio romance covers."

"Who's Fabio?"

WHAT????????? 
DID YOU JUST SAY WHO'S FABIO?

(PENNY FAINTS)

OK. I do realize that I'm old as the hills. I do realize that many romance readers are young whipper snappers. But, come on! Fabio was like the King Of Romance Novel Covers! The big rippling muscles. The long flowing hair. And when he spoke (I Can't Believe It's Not Butter), his accented voice sent shivers down our spines.







Off to get some buttered toast,
Penelope


27 comments:

Sherri Browning Erwin said...

He was so versatile. English lord, Scottish laird, Viking warrior, native American, cowboy, probably all in a week's work. I remember him mostly from Johanna Lindsey's covers. Every time my mom bought a new one, I would have to wait a few days for her to finish and then go sneak it off her bookshelves. My early romance education. :)

Amber Skyze said...

Geez, now I feel old. ;)

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

I always feel old. Shucks, I am old. Hey Penny, what are you using to get your RSS out?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh that makes me sad.
*sigh*
Fabio was a household name and icon.

Penelope said...

Haaaa....Sherri, you are so right! Fabio could do ANYTHING! Even sell fake butter! He's the man!

Penelope said...

Amber, we're not old. We're cougars! hee hee!

Penelope said...

Steph...I have no idea. What the hecka is RSS? That thing you sign up for on my sidebar? (asks clueless Penny)

Penelope said...

Juju....Fabio is KING O' CHEESE! The ultimate cheesy romance cover. I gave my cover artist one of those covers and told her to put in the lumberjack and city slicker in the same pose!

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

Yeah - not updating. It's been down for days so I am wondering how this is updated. But if you are clueless then I am too. I need a blog manager.

denadepaulo said...

I remember reading Savage Thunder as a teenager, then all the other romances... Mostly all the ones with Fabio on the cover. At least those were the ones my mom would bring home. Oh boy... Had a thought, what comes around goes around, I wonder if my daughter has found my books?!?

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Julia Barrett said...

I love your cover! It fits.

Penelope said...

Dena...That's why I hide my Kindle. My daughter is way too curious. Her eyes would bug out if she saw what is on my bookshelf! Ack!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Julia. I know you "get" my humor...hee hee!

Kwana said...

Who's Fabio? Pick me up off the floor.

Geek Amicus said...

You did base it on Fabio? That's completely awesome.

In my head however, Marcus was way better looking. Fabio was never my taste.

Penelope said...

Kwana...He was the original one-name dude. ;^)

Penelope said...

Geek...yes! I did! I figured everyone would get the joke. But evidently I was wrong. The cover is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek take-off on one of the old 1980s bodice ripper covers. Sigh. I guess my humor is too quirky.

Penelope said...

Geek...Also, I totally agree. I never really liked Fabio's looks. But he does make me laugh.

KB/KT Grant said...

A romance isn't a true romance unless Fabio is on the cover.

Penelope said...

KB...I hear you. I think I'm going to have to change my book cover. :^(

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Is he wearing Uggs in that top photo?

I was wondering if there's any way you could put a "subscribe by email" widget in your sidebar...if it's not too much trouble? Pretty please? I like to subscribe to my fave blogs via email, so I don't miss them.

Natalie StClair said...

Oh, the good Fabio days... *sigh*

Penelope said...

HM, CW--I put the button up! Does it work? I know I need to do something with my RSS feed, too. Sigh.

Penelope said...

Natalie...hee hee! It's funny...there is one male model who seems to be on 90% of the self-pubbed books right now. He's the new Fabio!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

thank you for putting the "follow by email" thingie up on your sidebar. Just signed up!

Sorry to be so demanding!! ;-)

GABY said...

Hahahaha I am 25 and I know who is Fabio!