As some of you may remember, one ongoing series that I follow avidly is the Pink Carnation series, written by Lauren Willig. The series is set in the early 1800s, mostly in the UK (although the most recent installment took place in India). It intertwines history, espionage, and romance in a way that I absolutely LOVE!
A the seventh book comes out in January 2011 and its cover has just been released. I am thoroughly upset by this cover. Here is a picture:
I have a couple of problems with this cover.
#1.) It is completely different from all of the previous covers, which have a certain theme which has changed little since the beginning. Here are thumbnails of those covers (The Mischief of the Mistletoe is due to be released later this winter, in 2010, but it is more of a novella and a side-note from the series, as far as I understand).
#2.) This cover, in my very personal opinion, demeans the novel. I look at the cover and see “ROMANCE”. The series is in the general fiction section of my old library and the mystery section of my new one–not the romance section. I don’t think much of romance novels. I have nothing against them, but I guess I think they’re for bored women. I admit, I have never read a novel that was classified only as romance. And while I like the romance aspect of the series, I don’t like it more than the historical and espionage aspects. If ever I get embarrassed by people seeing what I’m reading, it’s when it looks like I’m reading a “ROMANTIC-Y” book. Of course, I will still buy this installment–nothing will stop me. But I wouldn’t be surprised if I deliberately removed the dust cover so it looks like I’m reading something slightly more intelligent.
I apologize if I have offended anyone for my anti-romance novel stance. I like chick-lit sometimes, so it’s possible I could find a romance novel I like as well. But, as of now, my opinion is what I have just written.