At Aargh Ink, Jennifer Cruisie’s blog, this: Book Covers: ARGH
When did the entire publishing industry decide that large fonts on busy backgrounds were the only possibility for a cover. I hate those covers. First of all, they’re lazy designs. The first one back at the beginning of time was probably striking, but now they’re all just throwing type on jazzy backgrounds and you can’t tell one from the other and you don’t want to because they’re all ugly. …
No examples provided, but I’m sure Cruisie means in Rom Com, so let me look at Amazon. Okay, yes, this is indeed a common thing. Here’s one:
Big but unreadable font on busy background.
I like the image, but it’s difficult to read fonts on a busy background. Cruisie is right: there are a lot like this and a lot of the rest are the other kind she dislikes, cartoony covers. She says, Alternately, you can do cute flat color cartoons of impossibly thin characters with big eyes that look like children’s books except that kids don’t eye each other like that. I hate those covers, too. Me too. I’ve always disliked cartoony covers.
Cruisie then provides this cover, which she likes a lot — so do I —
Clever, fun, I do find the title a little hard to read at a small size, but still.
Basically, Cruisie is posting ideas that she handed the cover artist. It’ll be interesting to see what the final cover looks like.
I should start another Cruisie book. Soon, probably!