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Holly Williams for Art-Sheep

We all know these cheap paperback romance novels with the dashing, ripped male protagonists posing seductively on the front page, along with their always voluptuous and equally stunning female pair on some exotic and unquestionably tacky locale. As with the novels’ stories, the front pages follow the same gloriously cheesy pattern: the hyper-stereotypical, insufferably perfect couple in scenes and stances underlined by pronounced sexuality, complete with the necessary cheap colors and far-fetched backgrounds.

In a hilarious series, Cosmopolitan magazine recreated the romance novels’ covers by replacing the characters with real people. Captured in the exaggerated poses featured on the novels’ covers, the everyday couples clearly demonstrate the absurdity and tackiness of the originals in a very playful and entertaining collection of photographs.

via beautiful/decay

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