Friday Fiction: The Baby Notion

Mommy and Daddy Issues
A Diet for Women

Baby Notion

The Baby Notion
Browning
1996

I grabbed this book for the ridiculous cover. What is this guy trying to do? I cannot think of why one would pose like this. Are they role playing romance cover shoots? Is he a Fabio wannabe?  I am a romance fan and I want cover art that supports the story. I thought that this lovely couple was in a room with balloons, until I realized it was some kind of border. Between the weird cover art, the balloon border, and a series title of “Daddy Knows Last”, I don’t think I am going to expect a great romance. I’m giving it 50 pages to convince me to look past the cover.

Mary

 

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18 comments

  1. Things have reached a pretty pass when we get cheap rip-offs of Harlequin Romances.

    Seriously, this one looks so bad it could almost be a spoof of the Romance genre. Does anyone remember the Harvard Lampoon’s ‘Bored of the Rings’ ?

    1. Silhouette’s been around a while,. Harlequin started out reprinting historical romances by British writers, and even though by the mid-70s most of their readers were in the USA, they continued contracting almost exclusively with British authors. Around this time they chose to terminate their distribution contract with Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, leaving that printer with a large staff with nothing to sell. So S&S started their own romance imprint, Silhouette, and contracted with all the American writers that Harlequin had rebuffed, leading to a rapidly growing readership interested in more contemporary stories with North American settings and sensibilities. Harlequin then had to play catch-up, starting its own new series of contemporary American romances by American writers. So it’s more a case of Harlequin ripping off Silhouette, than vice-versa. (A friend’s lesbian mother wrote for Silhouette in the ’80s; I can’t recall her pen name.)

    2. I remember “Bored of the Rings”! Let’s see… Dildo, Frito, Moxie, Pepsi, Spam, Goodgulf, Legolamb, Gimlet, and… drat, I can’t remember the names for Aragorn and Boromir. But I do remember that Arwen was based on the kind of soprano that thinks she can sing Wagner, and Aragorn was less than enthusiastic.
      Just as I am less than enthusiastic about this book. The author seems to have a tin ear for dialog, to put it gently. Internal monologue, too.

  2. How about ol’ Jakey gets a vasectomy? That will take care of the baby problem permanently.
    Also, good ole Priscilla needs to get her tubes tied. That much idiocy in one person should not be allowed to breed.

    And who the hell goes on a bender for a week just because he hears of a sperm bank opening up? I have more manliness than ol’ Jakey, and I’m a woman.

  3. so if he doesn’t want a kid why doesn’t he just date women who don’t want kids either?

  4. I will now add “hatching jacket” to my vocabulary. I am also surprised/not surprised that they spell the character’s name Pricilla in the book and Priscilla in the cover copy…

  5. Never a good idea to use a known donor unless he’s given you a clean bill of health and you’re willing to face the fact that he might suddenly fight for partial custody. Thankfully it’s a romance novel, so she’ll be fine with that.

  6. Actually, Harlequin and Sillhouette these days are one and the same. (I think Harlequin bought the others out.) Desire is one of the many, many romance lines they publish.
    They’re really not designed for readers who want to think. They’re just something light you can pick up and put down without having to worry about a plot.
    A lot of my customers (I was in the book trade for well over a decade) used to say that they were great bedtime reading because it didn’t matter if you fell asleep part way through, you could just pick it up again later without worrying about remembering the details. 😛
    A bit of trivia: You can actually take classes in writing this stuff. (Its called ‘formula romance’ for a reason. Lol!)

  7. Making this guy her “Plan B” to get pregnant made me stop and look it up. Plan B the emergency contraception began in 1999 (in the US).

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