I love a good contemporary novel and as I browse the shelves I noticed a trend. Legs! Shoes! Calves! Body parts have become cover hallmarks and why not? They give you something to look at while still letting you imagine the characters’ face.
Classic Leg Pop
Remember that scene in the Princess Diaries movie where Mia talks about her leg popping on her first kiss ? Well, these covers got the message. Notice that the girls is almost always on the left and she usually appears shorter than the man.
More Leg Room
If the foot doesn’t pop, covers use legs to convey other emotions from dislike, flirtiness, and joy !
Hand It Over
Some covers have even moved up from just legs to legs and hand-holding. What is more couple-like than that?
Let’s Face It
Fret not! People on covers aren’t just disembodied parts. It seems a new trend has done away with pretenses and includes full faces. And I have to admit, for me it is a little jarring when you first see a full-on face and body on a book cover.
So, what are your favorite couple covers ? Have you seen any full body/face covers recently?
I’m a lifelong reader who started blogging about YA books in 2011 but now I read in just about every genre! I love YA coming of age stories, compelling memoirs and genre bending SFF. You can find me talking all things romance at Romance and Sensibility.