What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than browsing the covers of romantic novels? There are six basic types of cover that are used on romantic novels, and although designers occasionally break the mould, most stick to tried-and-tested. Readers of romantic novels, it seems, are creatures of habit.
Let’s take a look at the six:
1) Rumpled sheets/discarded clothing
Be it discarded garments of clothing, or crumpled Egyptian cotton sheets (with a high thread count, naturally!) Romanic novel covers are littered with items that have been cast-off as a prelude to, during, or after coitus. While some, like Seduction in Session and Outbid by the Boss, stick to bedding, heels and pearls, items such as handcuffs and riding crops have become more common – especially since the success of 50 Shades of Grey. When reviewing these covers, one starts to feel pity for the poor intern responsible for the lost & found box at the top end hotels that our heroes and heroines inevitably find themselves, ahem, entangled in.
2) The Six Pack
When it comes to getting naked on Romance covers, there is a lot more male flesh on display than female. Arms and shoulders are good, but a quick Amazon.com search reveals that the current trend is for abs, abs, abs! There can be no doubt that depilated men who flaunt their musculature are good for more than simply taking up space in the gym – they sell books too.
3) The Emotional Woman
Whether historic or modern – an emotional character set against an attractive landscape is a popular choice. There are plenty of emotions to choose from: confident, confused, sad, defiant – just steer clear of psychotic – that’s a whole different genre!
4) The Holiday Read
Stretches of deserted beach, blue skies, a couple walking along, clutching each other as if they will never let go. We know at a glance that it will never last, but we slip it into our carry-on baggage regardless.
While mainstream publishers have kept a clear line between romance and erotica, self-publishers have blurred these lines. After all, sex sells and once you have downloaded it to your Kindle, no one on the train knows the smut you are flicking through directly opposite them. You'll have to search Amazon for these yourself - my mother reads this blog!
6) Romantic Comedy
When it comes to romantic comedy, your book needs to be hand drawn and use a pastel colours scheme. I’m not sure why, but them’s the rules. Whilst your title may not immediately inform your reader that the book is a romantic comedy, the lone female character on the cover’s slightly awkward, off-balance pose certainly will.
Seen any other types of Romance cover that I have missed? Let me know in the comments below!