But in recent years, this has started to turn around. It was helped by the brief (but impactful) popularity of chick lit. Chick lit covers looked like this:
Although chick lit is (mostly) gone, its legacy lives on in some of the romance covers you see today. Like this:
And this bestseller:
But mostly romance covers still fit in the "bodice ripper" category. It sucks, especially since few women wear clothing with rippable bodices in 2015. I searched and searched and searched for more contemporary covers. I searched small presses and big publishers. Avon still comes the closest. They've always sprinkled a few fun covers in with the grabby-couple ones.
And this one:
Close, but not 100 percent. I think it's time we reimagine the romance cover. There's no reason they can't all be more like this:
Do you know of any romance covers that break the stereotype?