You may have noticed there was no guest post this week, it had to be rescheduled so I thought I would jump on the Fiction Writers Blog Hop. May’s topic was book covers.
Now, like almost everyone, I totally judge a book by its cover. I mean, who the hell doesn’t? It’s (usually) the first thing you see and as mostly visual creatures we are drawn to what we like.
Let’s not overdo it
If you add tons of bright garish colour or a truly ugly font, then I’m certainly not going to rush and buy it. Same goes with an almost plain cover. I need something that makes me intrigued enough to turn it over and read the blurb.
To be honest, while I do judge book covers, I usually always give a fantasy or sci-fi book enough of a chance to dazzle me by reading the blurb as well.
After all, I know traditionally published novelists don’t often get a say in the covers that can be chosen for their book.
Acceptable for Sleepy Hollow…only
However, a trend I have noticed with book covers, that I find a little creepy, is the headless bodies.
Now anyone has studied adverts knows that women are often reduced down to their body parts. Sometimes nothing but a pair of legs or a barely dressed torso is used to flog whatever unnecessary rubbish the marketing bods are trying to convince us we desperately need.
That has always been something that annoyed me (for pretty obvious reasons) and I’ve seen similar on book covers usually on the traditionally published books.
However, more self-publishing novelists have started to use this concept and what I’ve noticed, many female writers are now using the same headless body concept but with men.
Personally, this does not make it better. So now we have a headless body of a man, usually without a shirt and just showing an impressive array of rippling muscles. But why no head?
Do we really need to focus solely on this singular portion of a body? Is it the fear that the image on the cover is not exactly a likeness to the character and it will affect our reading?
I’ve read many books where the image on the front was not the one I pictured when I read the character. You know what? It didn’t affect the reading experience…at all.
Is there some brilliant reason for this? Maybe I’m missing something but it just seems a little detached.
It also gives the impression of a bad photographer – I’m sure you’ve all got some family member who manages to snap a picture and cuts the head of Uncle Mortimer or crops Aunt Gertrude off leaving just her arm.
If it’s meant to be alluring, it isn’t. If it’s meant to be sexy, it isn’t. Please just give these models their heads back.
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I hope you enjoyed this little ranty post. It was a little weird and just my opinion, I am sure there are loads of people who just really have a thing for headless models…. but that sounds like they might be creepy serial killers. o.O
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