Ugh, I was utterly and completely wrong. This has, by far, been the hardest post I've ever done. If you want to pay a fee, you can access a data base for romance books and do an advanced search. But I'm cheap and refuse to spend the money, so I did it the old fashioned way and googled what I wanted. Only vintage books are not easy to find. It has taken me HOURS to share with you a few pictures of ugly, funny, pretty, and breathtaking covers.
Part of my problem was that Inspirational romances didn't really come into play until the late 1970's. Janet Oke came on the scene in 1979 and was the catalyst for romances with a Christian world view.
Mainstream romances began as early as the early 1700's. Pamela, by Samuel Richardson, is touted as the first romance novel when it came on the scene in 1740. Jane Austen came into play in the next century, and inspired the prolific Georgette Heyer, writer of historical regency romance in 1924.
In the 1930's, Mills and Boon published hardback romances and sold them to two-penny libraries. In 1950, they began to publish paperbacks, known today as category romances. Harlequin bought out Mills and Boon in 1971, which has become the king of the romance publishers.
Let's take a quick look at some romances from the last 80 years or so. First we will go through mainstream books, then we will stroll through what the Christian arena has to offer.
|Pride & Prejudice 1945|
|Published by Boon & Mills 1950|
|Beginning of the modern romance genre 1972|
There is such a broad variety of covers and much of it depends upon what publisher you have. Some tend toward drawing. Some use models and photography. (which is the trend I am seeing now.) Trends come and trends go, but hopefully we will love whatever cover we get when we get published.
I intended to share some of my favorite covers, but is it almost midnight and blogger is giving me fits. Unwholesome thoughts have been tumbling through my head and I don't want to wake the family with my grumbles and roars. (They are already afraid of me with my Cranky Pants on today.) So I will leave you with the wild variety of covers and let you dream of what kind of cover you would like when you are famous with books on the shelves.
What kind of cover do you prefer? What book cover has really drawn you to it's pages?