Headless Heroines

Elizabeth Camden Ramblings about Romance, The Book World 3 Comments

Have you noticed the trend in headless heroines on the covers of your favorite romance novels? If not, here is a sampling of some very popular covers from the past couple of years:

I have to admit, I am a fan of this trend. I’ve always found it a little disconcerting when a character is looking directly out of the cover at you. I love being able to see a portion of the heroine….her clothing is an immediate clue about the tone and era of the book. By only showing a hint of the face, the reader can create her own mental image of what the heroine should look like.

This has been a hugely popular trend in recent years on everything from Young Adult covers through fantasy and mainstream literary. I’ll be sorry to see it end, but I fear it is already starting to become a little passé.

Comments 3

  1. Kara Grant

    Wow, the title of your post really got my attention! Then I saw your examples, how clever! Loved every cover you used 🙂 These covers are very beautiful and intriguing, but it would be nice to see the entire head/face on the cover as well.

  2. Elena

    I think the cover of EVERLASTING is one of the most gorgeous, evocative covers…..too bad it was a terrible book! I like yours much better!

  3. Cindy

    I agree with you, I hate seeing characters looking straight on. Those you posted are very nicely done.

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