Sunday, September 17, 2006

Cover Trend #2 -- Cutesy Covers

This trend has obviously been around for a little while now, but with the resurgence of paranormal in the last couple of years, there has of course been a flood of humorous paranormal books, all of which seem to be graced (ha!) by these cutesy, cartoon covers. Sometimes they look alright (like the cover of I'm the Vampire, That's Why), but usually they just look goofy, physically impossible, or juvenile.

Maybe I just don't like them because I'm usually disappointed by the humorous paranormal books I read. It seems like everyone online raved about Date Me Baby One More Time by Stephanie Rowe, and though I liked it, I didn't think it was anything to rave about. I guess I just can't escape the feeling that writers often try too hard when it comes to humor.

Dead End Dating
by Kimberly Raye
Ballantine, 29 August 2006
Dead and Dateless
Ballantine, 30 January 2007

I'm the Vampire, That's Why
by Michele Bardsley
Signet, 5 September 2006

Sex and the Single Ghost
by Tawny Taylor
Kensington, 6 September 2006

Girl's Guide to Witchcraft
by Mindy Klasky
Red Dress Ink, 1 October 2006

Must Love Dragons
by Stephanie Rowe
Warner, 1 November 2006

Light My Fire
by Katie MacAlister
Signet, 7 November 2006

Bit the Jackpot
by Erin McCarthy
Berkley, 5 December 2006

The Good Ghouls' Guide to Getting Even
by Julie Kenner
Berkley, 3 April 2007

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Bev (BB) said...

I have a real love/hate relationship with cartoon covers. Sometimes they do catch my attention and end up buying the book, but more often than not they catch it and I start backing away. Automatically. Not sure if that's because I've been burned or not, either. I shall have to think on this.

Mailyn said...

I can't stand these types of cover. There's just something chicl litish about them that makes me run for the hills. Well, that and the fact that I'm not into comedy romances. LOL.

Mailyn said...

P.S. we are starting a Fantasy/Paranormal and an Anime/Manga blog. Wondering if you are interested? I see we like a lot of the same stuff. LOL.

meljean brook said...

I like the covers...I just don't read the books. Paranormal comedy just usually doesn't work for me. A few have (MJD, for example, and I typically enjoy Julie Kenner) but ... yeah, no. They're cute, but definitely not my first choice.

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Erin O'Brien said...

I once saw an infomercial in which a bunch of girls were sitting around in silk jammies talking about the perils of body hair removal. A magic pot of goo appeared on the set. Got hair? No problem. This stuff will remove it. And without harsh chemicals! In fact, the product is so all-natural, reported one girl, that you can even eat it.

The girls proceeded to pass around the hair removal cream. Each took a finger full and sucked it into her perfectly pink bee stung mouth.

Those covers reminded me of that for some reason.


Shelly said...

These covers make me not want to buy them. And I know it's horrible to say it, but the cover does influence me, at least a little, on my buying choices. I don't typically like romantic comedies, but if I get "tricked" into buying one and then like it, I'll go searching for more by that author. That's how I got hooked on Erin McCarthy even though most of her covers are waaaaay goofy.

Tate said...

Cutesy covers are a huge turn off for me. Give me a plain brown wrapper. To me... it says, "I'm a teen romance!".

Lostcheerio said...

It's all in the style of the "Bewitched" credits -- remember, the TV show, and I think the recent movie remake did the same thing, visually. Even the fonts are the same. I guess it's fitting, given the content, but... a little predictable.