Now there are two sets of words I never thought I would have to link for NLQ – ‘Doug Wilson’ and ‘Romance Novel’. But, alas, we must talk about this because Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog has written one. Has the seventh seal been opened? Will this usher in the apocalypse? Surely it must presage some worldwide cataclysmic event.
Last night after I found a link to the first chapter on Facebook I read it. Oh boy! Doug has that old fashioned Harlequin Romance style down so pat that even Dame Barbara Cartland would approve. Ridiculous names, boilerplate characters and boatloads of self-righteousness. Get a load of this:
“A young woman stood looking out at the distantgrain—stalks moving in obedience to their invisibleauthorities.”
Doug also tries futilely to flex his word-muscles, tossing in things like “infralapsarianism” and “sermonic”. He did keep his usual bitter word-salading to a minimum, but this looks largely dull, old fashioned and uninteresting with characters named ‘Savannah’ and ‘Pastor Goforth’ Most everyone male seems to be thinking about becoming pastors in the first chapter.
See for your self and read this thing. The Man in the Dark Chapter 1
Wondering what the sex chapters will be like in a book with chapters named ‘The Potato Salad Incident’ and ‘Flirtation in the Kitchen.’
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