Saturday, May 21, 2005

Another cover trend ... couples

I talked before about the trend of having shirtless men on romance covers, but another that I've noticed recently is the half-naked couple on the cover. I'm not talking about the bodice ripper historical covers -- those have been around forever and are still around. They have the wind-blown hair (going in more than one direction), the buttonless and open shirts, the gowns falling off of the heroines.

The new covers I'm talking about are much more modern looking. They look more like the covers I sometimes see on Black Lace or Blue Moon erotica. Some are historicals, but these new covers seem to be equally as common with contemporaries. These have a lot more class than the bodice rippers (though I still don't know that I would read them on the bus). The couple is often shadowed enough (like the Fetzer, the Clare, and the Moning" that the book doesn't scream "Hey, there's sex in this book!" It just says it politely.

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McVane said...

Whoo hoo! Welcome back! You've been missed.

I like covers of Clare's EXTREME EXPOSURE and Nelson's SEXUAL HEALING best. I have to ask - what is that fan thing on Amy Fetzer's cover? It looks like a fish's fin. Whatever it is, it's giving me the creeps.

McVane said...

P.S. Where is the bloke on Jade Lee's cover?

CW said...

Heh. I like the more polished look, too. The buff, hairless hero chest on the cover is another nice trend.

Maili, maybe it's the tiger. :P The fins made me think: Somebody's got webbed digits!

Beverly said...

Whoops! The Jade Lee cover isn't supposed to be in there. Glad you spotted it Maili.

meljean brook said...

I like these too -- I'm glad the clinch is going (slowly) the way of the dodo, but if there are going to be people on the covers I prefer couples to just headless torsos (unless it is more fantasy based, and then I like the heroine-only covers).