Bookish Chat : Nude Covers, Nude Appeal
So this post is inspired by Storm on Bookblogbake
where she talks about her book hang ups. I initially thought I didn’t have any really. But hold on a minute, I do, I do!
My hang up? I really hate half naked men on book covers. Hate it. They make me cringe and want to quickly move on to something more meaningful. Now I’m a normal girl with some red blood running through these veins but on a cover of a book is no place for naked men (in my opinion). Other places fine! Book cover not so fine!
It could be my age, catholic guilt or maybe I’m just a cover snob. If I see a man with his shirt off on a book, I will look no further. I expect it to be a light, fluff, boring read that will follow a well known formula. Girl sees Guy, Girl falls in love with Guy, Girl gets Guy. End of. Simple as. No need to read. Same story over and over, just different settings and different names. You could nearly write one of these on word using Find and Replace.
Now a light and fluffy romance, that’s perfect me as long it’s combined with original content, sprinkled with humour and topped off with engaging, well developed characters. I really enjoy books with content as soft and fluffy as a marshmallow if that’s what I’m in the mood for. Like the I Heart Series by Lindsey Kelk, the books are only equalled by playful kittens for cuteness and fun, I heart them.
Forget the kittens, back to the semi naked men! Maybe it’s because I live in Ireland and the weather is rarely hot enough for nudity! When I see well-oiled-naked-on-top-man covers, I immediately think ‘Put your top on, you’ll catch your death”. And then ‘Don’t tell me you’ve lost all the buttons on your shirt again?’. Quickly followed by ‘And you might want to take a shower too, you’re looking a tad greasy!’. Think that might be my age showing again though 🙂
Maybe it’s because I think the cover is meant to be cover up for poor quality writing. Am I meant to be so caught up fantasising about the Lover on the Cover that I miss that what lies between the covers is not quite so hot?
Or maybe I just a shallow book blogger who reads way too much into book covers. True Story. I admit it, I’m shallow but at least I’m honest about it!
Bookish Chat : So what do you think? Do these covers float your boat? Have you a book with a cover like this that you loved and I have overlooked. Let me know, if anyone suggests one they love, I promise I will read it!