1. Gendered covers
But in general, I hate any cover with a pretty white female on it (which you may notice is almost every cover on my list). They discourage boys from picking up a book they might otherwise enjoy. They don’t represent the diversity of society. They contribute to the impossible beauty standards young girls face. And they are lazy. It’s just a huge don’t for me.
2. The all-seeing eye
3. The beheading
4. Black backgrounds
On the plus side, I think this is the only trend on my list that doesn't also feature a pretty white female on the cover.
5. The Weeping Prom Queen
Bonus trend I do like: Minimal graphic/illustrated designs aka "The Rainbow Rowell”
Honestly, picking on romance covers seems like poor sport. They’re just SO awful. Even when they’re way ahead of the competition…they barely crack mediocre. A more worthy challenge might be to try to find five things that I like about romance novel covers—but there’s simply no way I could find all five. So here I am, sitting above my barrel of fish with my machine gun.
1. Ball gowns that absolutely refuse to stay up
2. Invisible lover syndrome
No but for real guys what's going on with that letter?
3. The almost-kiss
4. Men in white shirts
5. The Africa Tree
Bonus trend I do like: