Here’s an unexpected – but welcome – piece news from the fast food industry: In honor of Mother’s Day, KFC will be venturing into the literary world.
Today, the fried chicken chain announced that it will celebrate moms everywhere by releasing a romance novella called Tender Wings of Desire starring Colonel Harland Sanders as the central love interest (and with Rob Lowe as the new colonel, who wouldn’t want to indulge in that fantasy?). This is, of course, a promo stunt—the book comes with the $20 Fill Up extra crispy chicken bucket.
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Following the formula of many romance novels, the story is set in Victorian England and follows Lady Madeline Parker, who runs away from home after being betrothed to a man she doesn’t love. She meets Harland Sanders, a mysterious sailor, who sweeps her off her feet, of course, forcing her to choose between her cushy life back at the her family’s manor, or a life of passion (and presumably an unhealthy amount of fried chicken) with the colonel.
Oddly, the cover of the book features Harland Sanders lovingly cradling a modern looking woman – wearing jeans with a purse slung over her shoulder – in his arms. Not exactly the Victorian romance we’re being promised.
KFC has a reason to want to give Mom a little something extra this year: Mother’s Day is usually their best selling day of the year. Sales jump about 40 percent, and by the end of the day they sell around 6.5 million pieces of chicken.
Most romance novels have a reputation for their risqué content, but even without reading it, we can bet there isn’t anything too sexy within these pages. Still, romance novel in which fried chicken might be a central character? Sounds like a dream come true to us.