Not too long ago, we posted about stuff that should be banned from paranormal romance novel covers. Now it’s time to focus on contemporaries, because they’re not without fault, either.
Disclaimer: Like I said in the PNR covers post, this is NOT intended to shame authors, and I’m not saying that these books aren’t great. Some of them I would highly recommend. These are just my opinions and personal preferences, and no one is the boss of me. So, if these books look good to you, you shouldn’t let my opinions keep you from reading them. End PSA.
Faces blocked by text and headless bodies
It’s just weird when someone’s face on a book cover is buried in text, or cut out of the picture altogether. Why would a designer do this? I assume it’s because the people on the cover don’t really look like the people described in the book or the assumption is that readers are only interested in rippling abs. But putting font on their faces—or cutting their heads out—is the equivalent of Photoshopping paper bags over their heads, and I don’t care for it.
As I mentioned in the PNR post, I realize that the world of stock photos is small, and that the really good looking models are bound to get used a bunch of times. But...this guy. I’ve seen him so many times that I feel like I know him, like he’s a neighbor, or something. I’ve named him Sebastian. It’s getting weird for me, seeing my pretend neighbor Sebastian on so many books. I think it’s time for him to retire and spend more time with his family. Let’s let him go, shall we?
Guys about to jack off
Just so y’all know that paranormal covers aren’t the only ones to blame for THIS bit of awkward weirdness, contemporary has to shoulder some of the blame as well. Gentlemen, we're aware y'all do...that but could you please do it in private and keep it off our romance covers, m'kay?