Last year my pick for "hottest trend" was the sofa, settee, or chaise lounge. I wrote about the trend in Dear Publisher because everywhere I looked, there were covers with some form of lounging furniture in the background. They're still a big trend in 2013 but I've also noticed a few new "hottest trend" candidates.
I'm not going to showcase the covers with a graceful manor home similar to the Downton Abbey manor from the PBS series. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but I'm more intrigued by the obscure background prop that seems to catch on with cover designers. Items placed in the background adding subtle texture to the designer's inspiration. And this year, staircases or simple front porch steps keep appearing as background items. Some are majestic, some a little bit country, and some downright sexy.
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The next candidate for "hottest trend" is the dress that goes on and on...way past the point of safe walking for any heroine. You'll see what I mean below. Heroines with beautiful gowns have been a trend for several years but somehow the dresses have grown longer and longer. Let's hope the ladies have a carriage or vehicle waiting to transport them. The dresses are gorgeous but too long for walking in the real world.
My final candidate for "hottest trend" is the lowly fence that either keeps things in or keeps things out. Your first reaction to the first two covers might be, "What fences - I don't see any fences?". Yes, there are handsome men center stage but look behind them on the covers...the fences are adding texture.
Will my choices be the next hot trends or just passing blips on the radar screen of covers? Have you noticed any other new trends? (Men showing off their six pack abs, tattoos, and/or pets don't count because they are everywhere and they are not new trends.) Until next time...
Like you, Lee, I hadn't noticed the staircase trend, nor the fences one either (what fence, indeed! ). But the forever dresses, yes. We've seen them before now and then. But maybe they will overwhelm us this year... As for combining them... Sarah MacLean's cover for A Rogue By Any Other Name from 2012 has a staircase and, at least, a very long dress. Does that count?
In the last month or so, I have seen three covers with a canning jar on the front cover - or just a big jar - you know the type that you could get at Pier One. I think one had fire flies in it, another flowers, and I don't remember the third