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Friday, August 19, 2011

Cover Discussion: The Hot Girl in the Hot Dress

A perfect example of a Girl in the Dress
cover. Seriously, isn't that cover
Okay, so I've been noticing a trend in lots of covers, mostly fantasy and paranormal, where it's just a beautiful girl in a beautiful dress. I don't really have an issue with it, as I think a majority of these "Girl in the Dress" covers are absolutely gorgeous and eye catching, and look great on my shelves. But I know that a lot of people are getting tired of the trend. What do you think of this trend?

Personally, these covers appeal to me. I'm about 80% more likely to pick up a Girl in the Dress cover just because the dresses are beautiful, and I would love to wear something like that one day in my life, haha. I'm such a girly girl. 

My Soul to Take is the first book
in the Soul Screamers series.
But there does come a point where the Girl in the Dress covers don't reflect the story at all, and that's what disappoints me, I guess. Like, for me, the US version of the Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent covers, although they are totally gorgeous, they have nothing to do with the series AT ALL. All of the covers are Kaylee in a wispy dress, each book with a different color, and all I can think is "SHE ONLY WEARS A DRESS ONCE, AND THAT'S IN THE THIRD BOOK, AND IT'S FOR LIKE 5 FREAKING SECONDS."

I think the Girl in the Dress cover works best with historical novels. Almost ALWAYS, a Girl in the Dress cover will make 100% complete sense with a historical novel from Victorian times and before, because that's what women wore in those times. They wore beautiful gowns. (Well, the rich women did.) A great example of a historical series with Girl in the Dress covers on every book is The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen.

Here are some more Girl in the Dress covers. Tell me what you think of them! Do you like them, hate them? Have the covers influenced you to buy the book, or not to buy it?

What's your opinion on Girl in the Dress covers?


  1. I LOVE the girl in the dress covers! I'm such a girly girl too and would love nothing better than to walk around in those kinds of dresses all day long.
    Sadly, I don't think my patients would really take me seriously if I did. A white coat is deemed more appropriate (but very boring).

    Those covers are just eyecandy! I agree sometimes it doesn't make sense for the girl on the cover to be wearing a dress, but it's so PRETTY! I just love looking at them..

  2. I love this question! I always wonder if others are tired of seeing the girl in dress covers and if a little more creativity is in order. That said, I too am guilty of being a fan of girl in dress covers and admit I'm quick to read the descriptions. Probably dress envy!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower. I love this post! It's sad to say that we all do judge a book by a cover, or at least we pick a book up in the first place quite often because the cover grabs us. And I'm like you, I wish I had somewhere to wear these big beautiful gowns to. So I too always seem to pick these books up.

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  5. I like the Girl in the Dress covers(red white and purpule) . they really looks Superb
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  6. It's all right, I would have to agree that they're really appealing.
    Are they my absolute favorite kinds of covers and do they make me gravitate more towards them? Not really. Though they are really pretty to look at, I actually don't own a single one. I tend to appreciate beautiful covers that are more creative and out-of-the-box. It's kind of easy to slap a gorgeous girl on the cover that has little to nothing to do with the book in order to sell more. I'm not going to avoid girl in dress covers but I'm not over thrilled with them either.


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