Cabinet 9: Romance
Marie Colletti, The Love Game. Sydney: Cleveland, [195-?]. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9610.C64 L68
Embedded in romance fiction are images, lifestyles, heroes and heroines that often match reader desires and wish-fulfilments. The stories and characters are mainly conservative, and often reflect the social realities of the day. Indeed, the working class gal will not find happiness with her rich lover; the career girl will not marry her boss. Cleveland Publishing capitalized on the notion of European romance (beret-wearing Parisians; luxury cruise ship owners called Edouard) by setting a number of stories there, especially in France. The Love Game and A Man’s Woman are from their ‘French Romance’ series.