I love wondering around my local book store, or browsing for new books online although over the last 12 months that joy has declined somewhat and I blame 50 Shades of Grey. Yes I know it's been blamed for a lot of things and criticized a lot, but I think I have a legitimate gripe here.
Part of the pleasure of looking for new books used to be looking at all the covers, now, thanks to the above mentioned book, I'm left cold a lot of the time. I admit, I've never purchased a book based solely on the cover art (although I have heard some people do) but I like looking at them, they do tweak my interest and often make me pick the book up to read the cover info. So imagine my disappointment now that there are hundreds of covers filled with inanimate objects like tie, masks, shoes and God forbid, one I've seen recently even has a lamp on the cover, nothing else, just a lamp. Really, seriously, WTF?
What the friggin hell is happening in the romance world?
I bet Fabio is turning in his grave. Oh wait, maybe he's not dead. Well, whatever, I bet he's shaking his head just like me at the sudden rise in footwear and other nondescript stuff gracing the covers of romance novels world wide. Bring back the hot sexy men Fabio and I say. I want shirtless hunks, preferably with tats, to lure my attention, draw me forward with their penetrating gaze and seduce me into a purchase. Not a man's grey tie laying clumsily on a cover, all a tie does is remind me of cleaning up after hubby (god rest his sole) when he used to drop clothes on the damn floor for me to pick up. I mean please publishers, where has the sexiness gone? If I'm going to read a sexy book I want a sexy cover.
I want a cover that screams this man is going to show you the most erotic time of your life, not that there's a sale on at the local shoe warehouse. I want fantasy fodder, a hint at the sexiness I'll find on the pages within. I don't want to stare at the cover and wonder why a book on household furnishings or men's wear is in the romance section. I mean PLEASE, give a girl a break.
To be helpful, rather than just stamping my foot and demanding, here's a few little insights for publishers flooding the market with copycat covers. There are readers out there who didn't like the 50 shades series so copying the style of cover and putting stickers on books that say things like Hotter than 50 shades isn't an incentive to even pick the book up for many of us, nor is the cover art. If you're going to have a pair of shoes on the cover have some sexy legs in them, if you're putting a ribbon, scarf or tie on the cover then bind someone's hands with it, give the reader a hint of sexy or erotic try a reach the readers like my friends and I who want something of a human factor represented on the cover. I mean the books are about a relationship, a love match, not what's in my closet.
So...rant over. Now it's your turn. What does everyone think about the latest trend in covers? Am I being too picky? Does it really matter what's on the cover? Are you happy to see the end of the buff body?