Friday, May 21, 2010

Covers that cross the line from erotic romance to porn

Is it any wonder romance novels, authors and readers get a bad name from other readers? I'm no prude by any stretch of the imagination, but the cover of Mistress Rules by Christine D'Abo, just released today at Ellora's Cave has definitely crossed that line. If the print copies were offered in brick & mortar stores, I'm sure there'd be all sorts of a hullabaloo when that one would hit the store. No book has made me blush like this since I was 14 or 15 and reading Virginia Henley for the first time. And if the cover is indicative of the story, Ms. Henley's work is more than likely tame in comparison.


Emma said...

Yes Ms. Henley's work is more than likely tame in comparision to Christine D'Abo's. Wanna know why? Christine writes romantica and Ms. Henley writes romance.

p.s. Just in case you weren't aware, authors have absolutely NO control over thier covers.

CinLee said...

Yes, I know authors have no control over the covers.

I had heard at some point last year or the year before that Ellora's Cave was going to go to more tasteful covers, not sure what happened with that. But this cover is more in line with everything I hear online about their content being more on the side of porn than romantic or even erotic romance. And that's sad. I used to enjoy the stories they published.