The Importance Of The Cover Art Of A Romance Novel

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Although the cover art of a book may seem as something small in comparison to the rest of the novel, it is actually a crucial key to the sale of that specific book. The cover art of a romance novel is essentially what attracts the consumer to pick it up and look through it. Even though some romance novels are formulaic, the cover art is expected to make the book stand out while also sending the message of which genre it is a part of. The demand for romance novels is rapidly growing as different genres are created in order to cater the specific needs of certain audiences. Romance novels range from Harlequins to Gothics, Chick Lit to Romantica; each possessing their own style of cover art that will draw in more consumers. Each cover art, much …show more content…
As women become more honest and vocal about their sexual desires, the way romance is depicted on the cover art changes too. Usually the embrace between the characters on the front cover reveal to you how explicit the sexual content within the novel will be. “The cover represents the steaminess of the contents in a number of ways...body positions and clothing of the embracing couples” (Guiley 280), explaining how the level of raciness in the “clinch” is an indicator of what is to be expected within the book. Comparing the art covers of Tender is the Storm and Always and Forever, the readers are able to determine some themes to the storyline. Although all four characters are similarly embraced in a passionate clinch there are minor details that differentiates one novel from the other. In Tender is the Storm, racy sexual content is to be expected as we see that the hero is completely naked (with only the heroine censoring him), while the heroine’s sleeves fall down to one side almost revealing her breasts. “Nudity is another way to spice up the clinch...While no woman has ever been shown naked on the romance cover…men have” (Guiley 283), …show more content…
“...warm colors--colors with red in them--work best for romances” (Guiley 286), explaining how specific colors work better than others when it comes to setting the mood for romances. However, similarly Chick Lit also uses bright, warm colors in order to grab the attention of consumers. In The Dirty Girls Social Club, the cover art is shown as bright and colorful as a way of embodying the “essence” of a woman. “‘The more serious the book is, the straighter the type gets. The less swashes or decorative quality the less romantic’” (Guiley 286), explaining how font type plays a part in determining what kind of romance the novel will be. The Dirty Girls Social Club is also a great example for that too as we see that the type is a lot straighter in comparison to Tender is the Storm or Always and Forever. This just shows the different levels of romance that is portrayed in each of these novels. “If the cover artists were generally realists in their drawing styles, they managed to imbue...enough fantasy to make them appealing…” (McKnight-Trontz 18), explaining how the more “realistic” the art style looks, the more romantic it is for the consumer. A great contrast of this is Nerd in Shining Armor, because in order to capture the parodic elements of this romance comedy the cover art looks like a cartoon of some sort. When in comparison to

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