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Why Your Book Boyfriend Is A Cheater
Cover models who appear on multiple covers are basically cheaters.
Let me preface this by saying that I haven’t read much New Adult/Adult/Erotic contemporary romance. However, being part of the community, I feel as though I’ve seen enough book covers to speak on the issue as a neutral third party.
Call me Switzerland if you will.
Two words permeate the reading community: relation-“ship” and book significant other (e.g. book boyfriend). Though not mutually exclusive, there are surely readers who gravitate towards Sir Hunkadory–with their smoulder and misunderstood-ness and broodiness and piercing stares–as being their ride & die; that readers can and will ship themselves with said fictional Adonis.
And that’s fine–be with whichever leading lad you want.
I’m no mental wizard to refute the imagination of the 20-pack-of-abdominal-shredding that’s on the cover but with the visibility of “stock” images being seen over and over again—particularly with self-published works–this offers a concern that these “depictions” can have imaginative crossover appeal without intending so.
Meaning: the same cover model appearing on multiple books by different authors could be red-flagged for being a [potential] cheater.
Here are some examples to demonstrate my point:
While this post mainly targets “book boyfriends”, I’m not disregarding the possibility of book girlfriends etc. from existing. With the prevalence of romance fiction readers being mostly female, that seems to be the forum where this term gains its traction. But the onus isn’t on readers self-identifying their romantic inclinations to a certain fictional character. Nor is it that readers are tired of (or get a good laugh at) seeing these stock models over-and-over again to the point of deja vu.
Instead, it’s that a simple name/identification change (+ a new setting) could easily move the romantic lead from one book to another as they can and are imagined in similar ways–that these characters could be leading a double life full of infidelity.
It’s already bad enough that you, the reader, have to compete with the ship in the book…now it shifts from an unreciprocated Love-V (love triangle) to some polygonal mess that only grows with each cover these models appear on.
If there’s one tip I’ll add to this dialogue: is it too much to ask if they’re healthy and clean?
Yeah…so uh, I don’t know what questions I can prompt you with LOL. But I’ll try:
What are your thoughts on cover models (e.g. whole body? face only? side profile? ‘people’ in general on covers?)
Which popular fiction books have you come across seeing the same cover models for?
As always, think aloud.
I’m all about disappointment these days and what better way than to roast all of your fictional relationships! Thanks to Brett for beta reading the direction of this post.
This is Day 3 of of my week long 2016 Valentines Themed Week!