Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Cover of the Week: October 2, 2013: Two Boys Kissing




     This week was slim pickins in the ooo category. In fact, this one didn’t really do it for me either. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice, just not wow. If I saw this in a long row of books in a book store I don’t know if I would pick it up or not. I mean, it’s strangely compelling but…it’s so sedate. Then again I suppose that having two teenage boys kissing on a cover of anything in any retail venue besides a store that caters to the LGBT community would probably catch a lot of people’s eye. See what you’ve done to me LGBT community? Jaded me!!! *grins* Yeah, see me over here crying the blues about that? Drier than the Sahara I tell ya! 

That said Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan with photography by Evan Walsh is pretty. The two boys are pretty; the font is clean and good looking but a bit too big. See how it gets cut off on the bottom of the k and the top of the g in kissing? That may or may not be an oops on the artist’s part. This is a self published author so I’m going to guess that the artist got it right and that the formatting of the site cut it oddly. It’s the bane of a lot of artists, formatting on all the sites. 

Want to make an artist really happy authors? PLEASE, please, tell us what sizes you’re going to need so that when we make the covers we can make them all the proper sizes to fit the various sites you’re uploading to. That way our art and your cover won’t be compromised.  At the very least, let us know what sites you’re going to be publishing on Smashwords, Are, Amazon, etc. so we can find the sizes for you. Putting up a cover that is cut off looks bad for the artist and that author both and it really is upsetting to see our art get mangled. Imagine if a publisher rewrote part of your story and didn’t tell you, you’d probably be pretty grumpy wouldn’t you? Don’t lie, you know you’d be throwing things and swearing like a sailor! This is not as extreme as that, but it can still royally chap some tender spots on your artist, even if they never tell you.
So back to Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, I’ll concede I may be harshing a bit on the cover, but I think I’m just feeling the grump of I wish I’d done that more than anything. See? I can be an adult and admit my shortcomings, in this case just making a simple picture pleasing to the eye. Don’t get me wrong, I can do simple, sometimes, but I have to be in the right frame of mind. Usually my mind is a bit chaotic and I’ve been told I tend to think in a seriously non-linear fashion, which would explain some of my thoughts during reviews wouldn’t it? And yep, off track once again. 

Two Boys is simple. It is, but it’s also straight to the point, and oozing with the sweetness of first love/first kiss tenderness. I really find that irresistible. I myself can barely remember my first kiss. I know it was in kindergarten and it was a boy named Marcus that kissed me, which is probably why I can’t remember it very well. *grins* But that’s precisely why I love this cover, it reminds me of that innocence, that sweetness; it sums up what we all wish we could have every time we kissed. But if you’re cynical like I can be, you’re probably also saying, yeah enjoy it now boys it ain’t gonna last. And since I can’t say if it does or not in the book because I haven’t read it, I will concede in leaving that up to you, good readers, since it’s not my place or function here. So we’ll just have live vicariously through this cover, lean back, enjoy the memories of summers past, and think on the sweet kisses we shared with our teenage loves. *offers popcorn around with a wistful sigh*

Honestly, I wish I could speak a bit more about this cover, but there’s not much to it; like I said, simple. I like the font even if it overhangs a little. I like that the artist chose to use all lower case letters, it just seems to fit the teenage theme a bit better, a nod to defying convention perhaps? Maybe not, but still looks nice. I do so love a clean font. 

The only question I have is, why is the authors name is offset and the credit line for the New York Times above it is also offset but they’re not in line with one another? I personally would have moved the credit line over just a smidge, or centered both smack dab in the middle. However, I do like the mustard yellow color with the Caribbean blue, it’s a nice contrast. Especially against the soft filtered light that encompasses the two boys. 

The last thing that I want to say about the cover, and I’m diving into the shallow end of the pool here, is that the subject matter is pleasing to the eye. Honestly, I saw a cover once where the romantic duo were not attractive at all, and while in real life, I like to get to know people and try my hardest not to judge a book by its cover, in my fantasy life? Um…yep, judging all over the damn place thanks! I want my mens hot as sin and my women the same. Call me shallow, but it’s my fantasy dammit. In real life most of the time I read historical bibliographies over romance and they are usually NOT attractive people, so when I do indulge in a bit of romance, beautiful trumps your fugly. 

What you didn’t think I watched Supernatural just for the story did you? *winks*

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, please feel free to comment!!! I’ll even reply back!

Have a great day and may the good books be with you!

A.J.




All thoughts and comments are the reviewers only and not the viewpoints of others. If I’ve made you angry, stepped on any toes, or otherwise ruffled any feathers, I do apologize. This is just for fun, and written in the hopes that it will help fledgling book authors and artists to grow and learn. 





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