“Oh, what a beautiful cock!”

28 Aug

Now that I have your attention, it’s NOT how it sounds. That was the opening line of a book by one of the greatest romance Divas of all time, Virginia Henley.  

Amazingly, that book was written long before the modern era of erotic romance was even conceived.

Virginia was way ahead of her time back then and is one of the classic “old school” authors entering the “digital age”. As you can see from that first line, Ms. Henley is a mistress in the art of hooking a reader from page one and keeping them turning the pages straight through to “The End”.

A great deal has changed in the standards for writing styles over the years. Point of view, first person perspectives, raw dialogue and descriptions have been incorporated to meet the needs and tastes of today’s readers.

One thing hasn’t changed…A great story, told by a great story teller is timeless and will survive whatever technology has to throw at it.

Here are a few classic tales, that have been adapted for film. (What can I say? I gotta get the “eye candy” in somehow :- )

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austin. I’m a big Alan Rickman fan so my favorite character in the movie version was Col. Brandon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. Ditto with being a Gabriel Byrne fan. Ahhh, ya just gotta love a happy ending!

 

 

 

 

 

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas. Jim Cavezal is my favorite incarnation of the infamous count.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolken. Can’t even begin to pick a favorite character in this one…Can YOU?

Now…about that “beautiful cock”!  

NY Times Best selling author, Virginia Henley will be our guest blogger next Saturday, 9/3, so be sure to stop by and find out what book that line appeared in,  what came next and learn about Virginia’s transition to digital, PLUS! A look at her NEW book which comes out on 9/6!

Until then…Happy reading!

–Shannon

writetome@shannonemmel.com

www.shannonemmel.com

12 Responses to ““Oh, what a beautiful cock!””

  1. Nara August 28, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Lol. You sure grabbed my attention. Really looking forward to next Saturday’s blog.

  2. Kaily Hart August 28, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I read that book! It was very memorable at the time. Look forward to Virginia visiting Passionate Reads!!

    • shannonemmel August 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      It was released November 1, 1990…That was 21 years ago and people STILL talk about it!

      Now THAT is impressive!

      • KJ Reed August 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

        I might be dating myself here…but I would have been 6 when that was released! haha So I definitely did not read it when it came out. But you’ve got my attention now!

        Can’t wait to see what Virginia has to say when she comes next week!!!

  3. voraciousreader August 28, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    The Pirate and The Pagan?

    *sigh*

    Virginia Henley!

  4. Marilyn Campbell August 28, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Virginia Henley. Anyone who can write an opening line that survives decades should be bowed to.

    • shannonemmel August 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      LOL… Yes, but my other favorite opening line is,

      “Mizzz Wallace, did you or did you not, on more than one occasion,
      willingly take Senator Zeigler’s penis into your mouth?”

      In case you’ve forgotten…that is the opening line from
      “Pretty Maids In a Row” by…

      MARILYN CAMPBELL!

      (Shannon scratches her head and wonders if it is physically possible to bow to one’s self?)

      🙂

  5. MichelleKCanada (@AnotherLookBook) August 28, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Need to add to the yummy list Colin Firth as Mr Darcy. *sigh* I need to read me some Virginia Henley. Which book should I start with?

    MichelleKCanada @AnotherLookBook

    • shannonemmel August 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

      Gotta love Collin Firth in ANYTHING!

      🙂

  6. Fedora August 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    LOL! That was an intriguing opening line for sure! Thanks, Shannon!

  7. bissexual anônimo June 20, 2015 at 1:41 am #

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