There are a lot of blogs commenting on the change in the rise of minimalist cover art for romance novels such as Smart Bitches Trashy Books. The prequel, if you like, seemed to be the Twilight series which was followed and popularised by the erotic Fifty Shades of Grey. Given the success of this style, it isn’t too surprising that other erotic novels such as those by Sylvia Day and Beth Kery have followed suit. I don’t read this genre but I can’t help wondering why this shift is occurring. I came up with what I think are plausible reasons:
Category: Motley Musings
This week I thought I would compare two types of villains that are lacking a little in the scary stakes. J R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series features lessers who are part of the Lessening Society and they are going up against the Dark Knights in Claire Ashgrove’s Curse of the Templar series.
What are gnash-ups you may ask? Well, imagine two characters gnashing their teeth at each other trying to work out which one would win in a fight. Grrr. I will be taking a variety of tropes, characters, themes and stylistic choices and putting them up against each other in a completely whimsical, hypothetical battle. No actual fighting will occur because not only is it indecorous, I dislike the thought of cleaning blood out of my carpets.
Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe are two great literary geniuses that have less than desirable habits that could well kill them should they jump off the page and into real life like Jasper Fforde’s characters. Holmes is of course the brainchild of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while Wolfe was spawned by Rex Stout.