The Chick Lit Cover Formula

  I have been thinking about “chick lit” books and their covers.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to read a good chick lit book but I wonder why all the book covers seem to follow a similar pattern: Come on authors, make your book stand out from the crowd!  Fly the Juno flag!

Case number one:  The high heels

A Cauley MacKinnon Novel (Cauley MacKinnon Novels) by Kit FrazierHating Valentine's Day (Red Dress Ink) by Allison RushbyHello Gorgeous! by Maryjanice DavidsonA Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans by Jane GreenLethal by Shari ShattuckA Novel by Lauren WeisbergerLook Closely by Laura Caldwell

Case number Two:  The cartoon woman

Beyond the Blonde by Kathleen Flynn-HuiCatching Alice by Clare NaylorA Novel by Shanna SwendsonDog Handling by Clare NaylorDress Rehearsal by Jennifer  O'ConnellA Novel by Shanna SwendsonA Jaine Austen Mystery (Jaine Austen Mysteries) by Laura Levine

Case number Three: The Headless Woman

 Hex and the Single Girl by Valerie FrankelHappiness Sold Separately by Libby StreetHot Pink by Susan  JohnsonInsider Dating by Jennifer O'ConnellJust Sex by Susan Kay LawMillion Dollar Dilemma (Steeple Hill Single Title) by Judy BaerMommy Tracked by Whitney Gaskell

Case number Four:  The Martini

Milkrun by Sarah MlynowskiMy Lurid Past by Lauren HendersonOlivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen  FieldingSeven Sunny Days (Red Dress Ink) by Chris ManbySwitchcraft by Mary CastilloA Novel by Leanne Shear, Tracey ToomeyFrom Pink Slips to Skinny-Dips by Stephanie Bavaro

I found this hilarious post from Salon that showed what would happen if our favorite literary classics got a Chick Lit makeover

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  1. I have to say, this is one of the funniest things I’ve seen on a blog in quite some time. You’re so right about the covers. I’m starting to think that there may only be four chick lit cover designers in the industry. Great post!

  2. I agree that there are just too many of the same thing over and over again. Cozy Mysteries are some of the only original cover art left! Lol, Love those. The Bible one on the site was kind of odd though.

  3. lmao this really made my morning… but you know the sales of these books would soar with these covers, right? :)

  4. This is so funny! And so true.

  5. Hello, Here from IComLeavWe.
    This is the funniest post I have read all day. thanks for the laugh!

  6. I have always wondered about these covers and why they look the same…I find it annoying and frankly it’s probably why I haven’t picked up a chicklit book in a while.

    Great cover revamps by the way, those were hilarious.

  7. I never noticed all those things on the cover of a chick lit. But now, I agree with you.

  8. That is too funny and true. Although, I like the covers for the Katie Chandler series by Shanna Swendson. They are partially what drew me to the books on the shelf at the library in the first place.

  9. That is too funny and true. Although, I like the covers for the Katie Chandler series by Shanna Swendson. They are partially what drew me to the books on the shelf at the library in the first place. They stood out from the other blah book covers.

  10. bookroomreviews says:

    Thanks everyone for your awesome comments! Made my day:)

  11. So true! I’ve been noticing this and love the way you put this all together! I seem to be drawn to the cartoon woman covers and repelled by the shoe covers although I did like the Jennifer Cruise cover for Bite me. I guess because I’m already a Cruise fan.

  12. Great post! I loved the categories, and the re-makes were “classic”! Thanks for the laugh!

  13. That is hilarious….and sad….

  14. What a great overview! I hate to admit but the cartoon women covers are an instant turn off for me. I have a few books with those kinds of covers but not many! The last category, the makeovers look really familiar, I believe they were part of a Print magazine article awhile back about bringing classics to the new generations through new covers.

  15. On second though, I think I must have read that article in Radar. I think the Print one featured Judy Blume’s forever and the Sweet Valley High series, I should find it!

  16. Very true, there are a lot of high heels and headless women on chick lit book covers! I do love a nice colourful book cover though :)


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