But why is the blindfold such a universally compelling motif?
I did a little research and found an insightful blog from Tess Gerritsen, who as we all know writes internationally bestselling medical thrillers and romantic suspense novels.
“My reason had to do with how I perceive the difference between the hardcover and the paperback markets. When I look at the respective bestseller lists, I’m struck by how much romance and women’s fiction shows up on the paperback lists. It’s much less snooty and literary. There’s far more popular entertainment.
When I took a good hard look at my Vanish hardcover design [to the right], and imagined it shrunk down as a paperback, I got this uneasy feeling that the image might ‘disappear’ among all the other paperbacks. It’s too subtle. It’s also too ‘quiet’. I began to study the covers of bestselling paperbacks, trying to identify what it was about them that grabbed my attention. Some of them were just plain lurid, but… they sure got my attention. Many of them had women’s faces or views of women’s bodies. Many of them had immediate emotional cues: a look of terror, for instance. Some of them were pretty sexy.
And some of them were both scared and sexy. If you can imagine the combination.
I began to suffer paperback cover envy. I wanted scary and sexy, too. I’d already had my subtle, literary hardcover. I didn’t want abstract art; I wanted a touch of lurid…”
A touch of lurid. That sums it up pretty well. The image of the blindfold is a little scary and a lot sexy – who wouldn’t want to read a novel that contains those elements?
After a little digging, I found a virtual treasure trove of romance covers that feature blindfolds (especially self-published ebooks, for some reason) – so many that I couldn’t possibly feature all of the covers here. Here are just a few of my favorites…
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