The blogs have been full of great debates lately. Just check out the Dirty Sexy Books rant/collaboration, with Abigail from All Things Urban Fantasy, about blurring the lines between paranormal romance (PNR) and urban fantasy (UF). In part 1 of this discussion, they've chosen 4 books that smudge the rules and analyze why they are so successful. Be sure to stop over and give your thoughts!
My debate this week has been with book covers and book titles. I know we've talked about this before, the good cover/bad cover thing, but I was really peeved this week over a really good book. I finally picked up The Vampire and the Virgin (Love at Stake series, Book 8) by Kerrelyn Sparks- a fun, enjoyable series that always entertains. I already dislike when a title sounds kinda silly, mostly because I hate explaining to my 7 year old daughter what a virgin is, or having the moms in the parent pick up line give me vulture eyes.
So...started the book despite the title only to be annoyed when the cover model looks NOTHING like the character. I know this isn't the authors fault in any way and that finding exact images from our imaginations is technically impossible, but is it that difficult to find a model that at least looks close to what the author intended? Robby, the vampire character, is a hulking Scottish dude with red/auburn hair, while the mystery man on the cover has dark hair and exotic features. Does that sound like Robby to you?
The outside cover is done in grayish tones so it's not that noticeable at first. But when you open the front cover you get a full color image that simply does not match what your brain has been telling you! I just found it to be very distracting and I'm not sure why the art department made that call. Good story though.
Do these things matter to you or is it just me?