Question of the Week: Have you noticed a growing trend in erotic romance covers since the popularity of the Fifty Shades trilogy? Publishers and authors are re-vamping their covers, losing the sexy and adding a hint of intrigue. But as a reader, which do you prefer? The symbolic covers OR the erotic covers?
Actually I think I like the ones that leave something to the imagination. I like a little symbolism and intrigue, and I’m a huge fan of great book covers. I want a book cover that either because of the design, or the colors, or both grab my attention and make me want to read the synopsis. Something else I notice and like a lot is raised lettering…even if it’s subtle. Don’t ask me why…I just do. There are some gorgeous cover designs out there that are subtle, and elegant. They don’t scream erotic, but they have a meaning behind them that you understand when you’ve read the book. I like those best.
Something else I prefer on a cover…if people are depicted…I want real people, or at least a really good rendition. I don’t like it when the people look cartoony, or fake, or over drawn. For me…that distracts and takes away from what the cover is supposed to do…which is to lure me into the book…not make me stare at the cover and think…that’s just fugly.
One last thought about book covers in general…if they look good on your computer screen? They’re usually a gazillion times better looking in person 🙂
What about you guys? What kinds of covers attract, or distract you?