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Humor in Romance ~ KB Cutter, Guest

June 25, 2011

Humor in Romance


 I would like to offer my thanks to the creative talent behind Adriana Kraft for inviting me to be here today, not only are they generous, but also exceedingly brave to allow me to ramble on.

Selecting a derivative blog topic is like masturbating with a cheese grater, curiously amusing at first, but ultimately painful.

However, I think I chose a topic I’d be most comfortable discussing, so no need to chafe my manly parts.

Humor in romance.

Now, to be frank, (I’m Lola on Saturday nights, after the late show at the Velvet Anvil, but hey, that’s another blog post) I hadn’t read romance until I became professionally published in July 2010.

I figured I’d better bone up.

-Resists urge to elaborate on bad pun-

I’ve read a fair amount of stories that captivated my imagination, quickened my pulse and made me want to turn the page.

And I’ve read some books that made me want to gouge out my eyes with rusted sewing needles.

Before I expand on what I felt worked and did not work in those books relating to the topic at hand, I’d like to touch (in platonic manner) upon the innate humor within the romance world.

Disclaimer: I know romance is escapism entertainment. Not necessary to inform the rom -gendarmes and clap me in irons. Please, allow me a brief indulgence.

The Alpha male hero: Hot, chiseled and supremely well endowed. Wanna read a love scene about a not-so- fit middle-aged guy who is under endowed?  No? I get it, ladies, I’m with ya, some of you live it.

However, it is rather amusing to read sex scenes where the main characters are getting it on and she (or he, don’t want to discriminate) can barely close her fingers around the mammoth love tool because of its extraordinary (or for that matter, extraterrestrial) girth. Where are these women of such petite grasp? I’d like to date one, soon as I’m done hanging the fun house mirrors in my bedroom.

Speaking of those scorching hot love scenes, there is humor in the purple prose.

I don’t know how many times I’ve done the head scratch, chin rub and face palm trying to come up with readable, yet titillating euphuisms for sexual congress.

He guided his throbbing granite like edifice of rigidity into her tight, undulating molten love sheath.

I know, the above is bad, but you get my drift. Don’t tell me you coinsurers of romance haven’t smirked once or twice reading a love scene that unintentionally ticked your funny bone rather than your naughty bits.

 Ok, I’ve poked enough fun at the genre.

 (and a few holes in my reputation)

What works and does not work. Humor is very subjective, it takes as much skill and care in execution as do the love scenes in a romance story.  They say trying to be funny is hard work. I agree. It is easy to become wrapped up in the story, to be so deadly serious and painfully earnest in your narrative voices that when it comes time to lighten the moment, it comes out forced, stilted and awkward, like Betty White emceeing a dildo convention in Las Vegas.

Hey, on second thought, she might like that . . .

If the humor is presented naturally, in the ebb and flow of the character’s POV and especially in dialog, it makes reading a much more textured, richer experience.

What is also quite humorous is that I am a married, het erotic romance author who happened to write a nifty little sexual lesbian tale and I’m a police officer.

Quite the dichotomy, eh?

No snickering.



I’ve included a link to Summer Heat and the sequel, Love Revisited. Please enjoy the HOT excerpts to illustrate my point in this blog post -o-mine.




 I’ve also included a link to my blog-Half Past Midnight for a free read.  It’s a quirky, sexy tale- a mix of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil meets The Office via George Orwell’s 1984.  Entitled: The Dildo Salesman. Its not your average romance read!


Please visit to peek into my world of erotic romance work, coming novels and to view my horror stories for those who enjoy darker fare.

Thanks for being patient with my view-askew diatribe and I offer a thousand expressions of gratitude to Adriana Kraft.

(And apologies)

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2011 10:05 am

    Happy Saturday! Thanks for hosting me. Hope everyone has a fab weekend.

  2. June 25, 2011 10:16 am

    Excellent article, KB.
    Nothing I can add really, so I’ll slip out the side door. But I thought I’d leave a little chamber music playing for your guests today:

    First up is “Donner, Blitzen, and Dahmer” by Hatchet and the Frigidaires followed by Alex and der Bells with their polka rendition of “Call Me.”

    Peace. Out.

    • June 25, 2011 10:24 am

      David…you are the master. BTW, are those songs available on iTunes? Christmas is 6 months from today and the first title really got me in the spirit…or maybe I would be a spirit? Hummm toe tapping has stopped. Sneaking out before the hand of death nabs me.

  3. June 25, 2011 10:22 am

    Kb, at least you understand romance novels are about escapism.Some of the conventions of attraction must be at least contemplated by the author. However, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and I think there is room for curvaceous women and men who aren’t runway quality. You never fail to make me laugh. You never fail to have a quick comeback and sometimes even write foreign accents and phrasing in. So, my friend, I will be waiting eagerly for the first Kb Cutter book that comes out with some ribald humor. Because you always write brilliant darkness and evil. Think about that.

  4. June 25, 2011 10:22 am

    Loved the article and you are correct in how hard it is to find new words for the discription of either his tool or the garage he is parking it in. I find that humor makes the story more real. How many times have you been just about to start with your own signifacant other and the phone rings? Going at it hard and heavy and one you hit your head (not that one) or the worst the dogs cold nose touches something oh so wrong.

    Humor happens in real life and I want to read these stories, get lost in them and if I can’t laugh I’ll stay home.

    Love your stories, K B.

  5. June 25, 2011 10:47 am

    David: Thanks for stopping by, my friend. You are particularly twisted this Saturday morning. Your David Lynch-ian songs are striking a rather odd, discordant, but not wholly unpleasant note in my head. Thanks. I think . . .

    Margie: Kind words, my very good friend. I do think its high time for a romance with ‘real’ type folks. I do try to be different. Actually, not all that hard for me-perpetual round pen in square hole. 😉 I do enjoy the dark aspects of fiction, but I agree, it might be time for me to let loose my inner quirkiness for a romance novel. Oh boy, is the genre ready for that?

    Hi Angie! Thank you for taking the time to drop by, the kind words and comment. Yes, I wholeheartedly concur. Humor is essential to a healthy relationship. And the sometimes comic incidents in the bedroom make for interesting pillow talk!

  6. June 25, 2011 4:36 pm

    Ok. Actually, I do have a story brewing……..


  7. adrianakraft permalink
    June 25, 2011 8:55 pm

    Thanks, KB – sorry I couldn’t stop by yesterday, searching for some humor in the interruptions in our life! Definitely go for it!

  8. June 25, 2011 9:28 pm

    Thank you for hosting me today. Hope folks enjoyed my bit of rambling.

    No worries!

    I have a very dark, complex paranormal erotic romance coming out August 8th-Darker Side of Heaven. Took me five months to write it. I think its time for a dash of fun and frivolity!

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