Yesterday, I was feeling a bit loopy looking at old historical romance book covers. Have you ever thought about the cover poses in this genre? If you look at the older books, I can imagine an ensuing backache and neck strain sustained if a shirtless man bent me over backward, while I lifted my naked leg up against his side. Romantic? I laugh at the faces of these ladies who often turn their head away and looked pained rather than seduced. Of course, the windstorm is always blowing and the hair is flying around. Do they make you go ouch or moan at the thought of the dominant male seducing you as our spine cracks?
Have a bit of a chuckle with me on the first strike a pose for covers blog post. More to come!
Has the pose diminished in current historical romance covers? Not really. Backs and necks are still out of line, however, it’s hard to find the consistent leg up these days.