|This sort of like a topic post except it sounds more like me thinking out loud. Which isn't always pretty. Or organized. This is me blabbing. That's why I'm calling this The Confessional.|
Let's get one thing straight before I officially begin my ranty post: I read romance. Plenty of New Adult romance. If you're a frequent visitor on this site you'll see just how true that is. I read romance a lot and I actually love it (well at least some stellar ones. Some are just typical.) Blogging for 9 months now has introduced me to a wide selection of contemporary romances. There's one thing that's common to almost all of them: the sexy covers.
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I know that's it's unfair how I find this annoying now when they've been around for a long time, before I even started blogging and noticing them. I didn't really mind before because I used to read across genres so I didn't get to see these covers a lot. But now that I do review a lot of these books, I can't help but wonder why they all look alike. There's a guy and a girl, nearly naked, kissing or almost kissing. I understand that it's romance and that these passionate photos exhibit the same passionate love between the characters in the book. I understand all of that however I think this type of doesn't do much for the book.
As a book reviewer, I don't really take the covers into consideration when I write reviews. It's definitely a bonus if it looks clean and nice and if it has anything to do with the story. I like seeing book covers that make me go, "Oh yeah, I totally get it now!" But in rating books, I normally don't factor in the cover art. So why do I care if these books have similar looking people/poses on the cover?
Well... you know the saying, don't judge a book by it's cover? Of course you do. I hate to admit this but I judge books by their covers. Romance books, mostly. A lot of New Adult romance plots and even titles sound so alike. I don't like reading a blurb that sounds all too familiar and I definitely don't like seeing covers that I've seen elsewhere. It'll only makes me feel like I've read the same novel before. So even if it's not something I normally comment on in my reviews, it still bothers me as a reader. I want to see something that will set it apart from the others because I really wouldn't know how different it is until I've read what's inside. Nowadays even book titles sound similar. As a reader, I just want something fresh. Amid all the familiar storylines and book titles, I at least want to see new covers. I'm a junkie like that.
So yeah, that's basically it: sexy covers don't affect my rating but they do annoy the reader side of me. New Adult still has a special place in my heart though, let's not forget that. ;)
What's your take on these covers? Let me know in the comments section!