Today I’m at Barnes and Noble and I’m having this:
Not much to muse on today. It’s dreary and rainy out and normally I stay in on days like this but today I just wanted to be out. I have a few errands to run and I’m off to Trader Joe’s right after this to get some frozen potstickers dumplings. Then I’ll probably go home and have a nice nap.
Change of plans concerning one of my short stories. I’ll make an official announcement very soon.
One thing I did notice when I was perusing the shelves at the B&N was the surfeit of identical covers in the paranormal romance and suspense genres. This has been noticed before as I’ve read some comments and an article on the subject in the past. Now I’m not knocking the covers and I know it’s necessary to convey the genre and I know there aren’t many other ways to do it, but it just seems sometimes that publishers need to put a little more effort into the presentation.
I counted a good forty covers that have the same thing – usually a bad ass woman in a leather outfit posing for the camera holding a big gun or sword, the background is usually a gritty urban setting, and at times there is the shadowy portrait of her love interest in the background. The tag line is always something like, “She’s bad ass and she’ll kick your ass.” Now again, they’re all very well made and the artists are quite talented but let’s try something a little different shall we? Perhaps allow the artists more control and to be inspired by the story? Just saying.
I’d personally like to see a different type of woman on the cover. But if that is to happen we have to have different characters. Although we don't know if this is what the author actually planned. My point is, why can’t she be a badass without being a young woman going around in leather all the time? What about the quiet, gentle librarian type who dresses modestly and neatly? She’s standing behind the desk, glasses perched on her nose, when the werewolf busts in. She calmly walks over him, beats the crap out of him, then pushes back that wisp of flyaway hair, replaces her glasses on her nose and goes to have a latte.
There are probably many other ways the paranormal romance/suspense character can be done or if anyone knows of a different way or seen different cover art feel free to post.
Hmm…You know, I could write any one of these characters myself. Everybody, forget I mentioned them.