For 2011: Book Covers That Make Me Glad I Bought My Kindle
I am totally one of those people who hides the covers of the books she reads. It’s been a constant battle for me. I don’t like to bend the covers of my books so I either end up using a canvas book cover or refusing to lift my book from the table. I confess I’ve even read a book while keeping it inside my purse so no one could see the scantily clad, tattooed and armed heroine on the cover. And while I have mixed feelings about the Kindle (you can’t loan Kindle books to people, you won’t have physical copies of the books, it can’t show book covers in color), one thing I am not going to miss is concealing embarrassing book covers. In the spirit of the new year, here are some books that make me oh-so-glad I bought my Kindle after all.
- Now, I absolutely love the Kate Daniels books. But I feel certain even the heroine herself would be mortified by the covers of her books. In this one, the model looks about a kick-butt as Annie from Community. And her “simple” white tank top only serves to emphasize her large bust. I do give the cover artist points for portraying Curran in his lion form instead of as bare-chested, six-packed man candy. Though the greater proportion of Urban Fantasy books feature female figures instead of male ones. If the author is female, the percentage increases exponentially. What’s more, the model’s expression is more bored than…actually, I’m not sure what she was going for. Fierce? Determined? Or perhaps the photographer was waving a stuffed animal in the air trying to get her to smile. Her look is as unimpressed as those of the infants this technique is generally used on. Finally, I can’t tell what’s going on with Kate’s sword, Slayer. Is it disintegrating? I can tell you, Kate would be pissed if it were, not impassive. I’m not sure she wouldn’t sacrifice Curran for that sword.
- Now, as you know, I am impatiently awaiting Hawke’s book. I have been for several books now. But this book cover is basically the inspiration for this post. I don’t have a problem with the male form, but it really irritates me when they’re the main feature of Romance book covers. It’s as objectifying as the scantily clad women. It also suggests that I’m reading the book out of a desire to salivate over the hero’s six-pack. I agree that it’s part of the allure of a romantic novel, but it demeans the author’s writing to suggest that she’s written three hundred odd pages in ode to Hawke’s abs. Also, I’m really freaked out by the excessive veinage in his left arm. His left, not mine. They make me afraid they’re going to spontaneously burst. The worst part is that very little of this book cover really relates to Hawke and Sienna at all. I don’t see Hawke hanging around with his thumbs hooked into the top of his jeans. The key word for Hawke and Sienna’s relationship (heretofore) has been restraint. This book cover? Not so much.
- First of all, what is this guy wearing? And what kept him from putting on a shirt? He had time to grab his gun and some kind of utility vest, but not a shirt? Fine. But did he also neglect to explain the gravity of the situation to the woman he’s with? I’m just guessing, but I think that if his gun’s out then they’ve got some company. Maybe the woman took some ecstasy. That would explain why she’s leaning against the man and…er, never mind. An amorous heroine would make for an amusing get-away scene, though. Also, I think that the man is doing a Zoolander face. Heh. Finally, I think he should sue the artist who designed his tattoo because it looks like the needle slipped.