The last time Cover Cafe featured a Romantic Suspense category was in our 2007 cover contest. One of the reasons RS was discontinued was because its popularity was declining and there weren’t enough releases for a separate category. This year, we received one or two comments from voters wishing for a separate RS category. They wondered why there were so few Romantic Suspense covers represented in the contest.
If you look at the current Romantic Suspense releases, you will see one reason why. The current trend in RS is using huge fonts for the titles and authors’ names. This “steroid” trend doesn’t compete well with balanced cover layouts featuring an illustration or photograph on equal footing with the title and author’s name.
I spent a few hours searching for Romantic Suspense covers and discovered that the fonts on steroids trend is still alive and well. The Dead Will Tell cover is a classic example of the title and author’s name overpowering the layout. Look at the tiny row of Amish ladies. Are they looking at the title in the sky or the tiny vultures circling the dead? It’s difficult to tell but the cover made me laugh.
I will continue my quest for excellent Romantic Suspense covers and there might be one or two the make it to the final slate of 15 in next year’s contest. Below I’m posting a few promising RS covers I discovered in my latest search. They have a nice balance between the title, author’s name and the illustration or images.
Do you agree that the RS titles and authors’ names overpower the images or do you like the huge fonts? For me, it’s all about a perfect balance of the three components – title, author’s name, and the illustration or image.