Sunday, December 19, 2010

A UF Cover Pet Peeve - December 19, 2010

As some of you may know, I take issue with the covers for a lot of Urban Fantasies. I'm speaking of the female bare-midriffed or barely dressed, weapon toting Main Character (MC) on the cover. Honestly, if I was off hunting demons, vampires, trolls, etc. I would wear clothing that afforded me some protection while allowing me unencumbered movement. I wouldn't exposed my midriff. It's like a target yelling "Eviscerate Me Here." I'm not sure whose eye these covers are supposed to catch. Am I supposed to want to be aspire to look that way? Am I not in the target audience? I simply don't know.

Let's take a look at some of the covers for UFs with a female MCs that have been released this year and/or last year. I've picked one from each month as a representative example. This is not a new trend as this sort of cover has been around for some time. Of course, there are plenty of covers not like this. Please note that authors usually have no say in the cover design so this is not reflection on them. Personally, I get tired of this sort of cover, but it's not going to make me stop buying or reading these books. I simply won't judge a book by its cover.

Qwill's Qwestion: Do you have any cover pet peeves?














  1. Yep, this is a pet peeve of mine, too.
    It's silly, I know, but some of these covers make me a little uncomfortable to be seen reading them (just like romances, especially bodice-rippers)! I find I keep them face down on tables or hold them with the picture obscured by my hand or body when carrying them. I don't know why it bothers me. I'm not embarrassed that I read UF (or romance or fantasy or scifi or whatever). I just don't particularly care for the covers. Oh well. ...its not like I have any better cover ideas! :p

  2. I use a hide a cover on my books, the only people who see the book covers are the check out person or my book club. I just don't want to be judged by what I am reading. If asked I always say smut.

    My personal pet peeve is having what I am reading compared to Twilight.

  3. Those covers are intended to catch the eye of the male book buyers. I don't mean readers, I mean the people buying for the stores themselves.They pick names and then fill in the rest of their order with what catches their eyes.

    This reminds me of a story in one of Esther Friesner's Chicks in Chained Mail books. I forget the author, but it was a scathingly ridiculous complaint about serious fighting women being expected to fight in brass bikinis and highheeled boots.