“Thoughtful Ramblings” is a feature where we discuss bookish subjects. These posts are just our own thoughts about certain topics that may get us hot under the collar and we need a good rant or just things we want to share with fellow bloggers and readers.
The Problem with Romance Covers
I think it’s fair to say that the Romance genre has had a bit of revolution over the last few years. No longer associated with the sweeping generalisation that they are only read by middle age housewives. Paranormal Romance on its own has become a huge success, give me a yummy immortal hero any day.I love romance books and I’m not afraid to say it. I do like my Romance with a meaty storyline to go with it, and maybe it’s because I’m from the Disney generation, but I don’t see anything wrong with wanting a bit of escapism and a happy ending.But, and if you’ve read some of my reviews you may have heard me complain about is before, I just don’t get Romance book covers. So often they totally miss the mark for the modern reader.
I read books wherever I go, there is always one in my handbag and I’m always whipping my book out on the train, in a spare moment or waiting for an appointment. But, there are just some book covers I actually will not take out publicly. If I can’t get it for my Kindle, it’s designated as a read at home book only.
The reason… If I’m honest as much as I love reading Romance there are some covers that I’m embarrassed to be seen reading. Perhaps you know the looks, I shall call them the ‘romance snobs’. Who peer over their very sensible newspapers and give a look of disdain or perhaps even a small snigger. As much as it shouldn’t, it does make me feel uncomfortable.
But if we take a look at what I believe to be some of the worst offending culprits, I wonder what publishers are thinking half of the time!
1. Dreadful Illustrated Romantic Clinches
My least favourite of all, thankfully these seem to be becoming less and less popular. I’d like to ask, does anyone actually like them?
Then there are the ones that look fine from the front, and have a ghastly picture hidden on the back cover!
2. The Misty Lens & Cheesy Photography
Mills and Boon are some of the worst culprits for this, in general I much prefer illustrations to photography on my book covers anyway. Would these covers make you buy the books?
3. Dodgy Cowboys & Kilts
I’m a big fan of hunky cowboys & kilted highlanders, but I despair of so many of their covers. They just make me cringe!
4. Old Fashioned Typography
Ok, so I probably wouldn’t have a problem getting one of these out on the train, but with I do think they look dated and with so many beautiful covers out there, these ones so need a makeover.
5. Half Naked Men
And last, but certainly not least, one of my real pet hates.. Half naked mean on the cover. Now, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a fine specimen of a man like most women, but I find them embarrassing to read in public. Also a lot of them don’t seem to relate to the story at all.
It is possible to have a tasteful & sexy front cover. Check out this fab one for Lynsay Sands.
So what do you think? Do you totally disagree with me and love a good, sexy half naked man on the front of your books? Do you love the romantic clinches and misty lens photography and would hate to see them disappear? Or do you agree and think half of the romance covers out of there need a serious revamp?