How you doing? I hope you’re having a pretty swell day. It might not be swell by the end of this but if the coffee was good this morning, that’s a win.
I’m writing to talk to you about Kelley Armstrong’s book covers.
First, this comparison was sent in by alert reader Ashley-Anne, who found them separately and had to send me the cover images.
Oh, my my.
It’s happened before, and I understand, obviously, that there are only 35 stock images to go around. Look at the pink legs that were everywhere. And yes, the tulle-wrapped legs are evocative of the first Bitten cover, which I can’t find a pic of right now (WTF?)
Problem is, Bree Despain has a total look going for her books, and the tulle-and-pale-legs thing is on her other book, too:
It happens. I totally get it.
But as I noodled around (yes, that’s a verb, and a very good cover image, since you’re not asking but I’m telling you anyway) Amazon, I noticed something truly heartbreaking.
Armstrong’s covers are straying deeply in to the Realm of the Twilight-Knockoff.
And what, by the way, goddam hell is this?!
This just has to stop. It’s Kelley Mother Fucking Armstrong! She wrote the werewolf book that rocked my world! She is the awesome! Stop making her books look like Twiwannabes and get on with the original images!
I’m not saying we have to go back to Stirring the Mist Naked with Man Hands covers but at least have SOMETHING original to do with the cover art.
Not everything is Twilight. Some things are really, really good. Like these books. Stop making everything paranormal homogenized black, red and white crap, please!
And for the love of God, NOBODY buy those checkered tights and then sit like that, ok? Ok.
Surely there is more to be done with cover art depicting strong women than making the images a low-fi knockoff of Twilight. I can only hope, anyway. Otherwise, this is just sad and embarrassing.
Hoping for something else soon,
p.s. That font needs to stop appearing everywhere. I look at it, and I think, “Oh. It’s the Kresley Cole font.” Do you want me to think Kresley Cole when I look at someone else’s book? Of course not. That typeface is waaaaay tired. It’s like the Hoobastank of fonts. Make it stop now.