Friday, February 12, 2016

Can You Spot a MRR (Man Reading Romance)?

Image by 白士 李 via Flickr
When a man reaches for a book, its genre is not usually romance. This is a fact. However, some men do. Brave men. Confident men. Men who have moved beyond being a MR to being a MRR: a Man Reading Romance. (Tweet)

An MRR is difficult to spot in the wild as they have developed excellent camouflage skills. Further study is needed. Some might say (correctly) that the following are yoga positions. But I suggest they are also positions formed by the illusive MRR.

 Downward Facing Dog - While walking the dog, the man has his head down reading a romance on a mobile device.

 Warrior Pose - The most confident MRR pose. He will fight for his right to read his romance.

 Boat Pose - A pose often adopted by a new MRR. He will be found alone on a boat in the middle of a lake. There may be fishing gear for further camouflage.

 Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - A pose for the bolder MRR. He has now progressed to reading the romance on a riverbank, but the fishing rod remains present.

 Sitting Half Spinal Twist - Man twisting to check if he has been spotted reading a romance.

 Eagle Pose - A white-haired MMR high in a tree, reading a romance. This is a rare sighting as most white-haired MMRs do not climb high into trees. A ladder may be a sign that one is in the vicinity. 

Half Moon Pose - This MRR is also a plumber. Enough said.

 Lord of the Dance Pose - Spotted mostly in Ireland, this MRR reads his romance while constantly tapping his feet.

 Reclining Hero Pose - A pose for the more confident MRR. Normally found on beaches or poolside.

Supported Headstand - An MRR who reads with his romance on a table (hiding the cover) with his head supported by his hands. From a distance he appears to be studying. Younger MRRs may adopt this pose.

 Go forth and observe. MRRs are everywhere, but are easily startled. Good luck.

Elspeth Futcher is an author and playwright. Thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by Her A Fatal Fairy Tale, Deadly Ever After and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the Internet.  Elspeth's newest game, The Great British Bump Off is now available from her UK publisher, Red Herring Games, as is her Once Upon a Murder. Elspeth's 'writing sheep' are a continuing feature in the European writers' magazine Elias and also appear on this blog from time to time. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Futcher, Author.


  1. Funny. I'll have to look more closely when I'm walking on the beach. The book is usually propped behind upraised knees.

    1. You're onto them! Cover coverage is vital to a MRR.

  2. Hahaha. I shared with my Man Flow Yoga friends. This is hysterical. I love the clever acronym mash-up.

  3. Love this! Because we have a handful of male romance writers, I have to believe we also have MRRs. Otherwise, how did our masculine authors of romance become acquainted with the genre? Great post, Elspeth! :-)

  4. Very clever. You sure now how to spot them, Elspeth!


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