I didn't immediately register this drastic overuse of the same stock images over and over through the book world. But then I accidentally stumbled over yet another book with the same models on the cover and it was the last straw. I went to investigate and I wish I hadn't.
I am talking about the couple that's most commonly known for their appearance on J L Armentrout's books. I mean these two terribly photogenic people.
Well known, we've all seen them. And I get that they appear on the covers of the same series. Makes total sense, they must be related to the main heroes of the story. That's all fine and dandy. But then this happened.
Okay, I may be wrong, but these two (or at least the man) seem the same people. The same two models from JLA's books. It'd be okay as well, as the poses are different and all, and unless you're really looking you might even miss it. Then I found this.
I mean... Bloody effin hell. First of all, how many of these images are there? A billion? And second, are they all free? Or do graphic designers get a package in the mail? Is there a contract for romance genre and these two? I am confused here... Never ever in my bookish years have I seen more of the same on the cover as these two. It's a tad disturbing. And yes, there's also a naked version.
How did I find all of these? First of all I wasn't even looking for one, but then I started to after accidentally finding a less known novel with the same people on the cover. I went to investigate and I opened one of JLA's books on Goodreads which is where I got Glines in 'Readers Also Enjoyed' section. Opening Glines' book, the rest followed the same way. You open one and you get them all the rest. I didn't even paste all of them here. It's not about genre anymore, it's about the people on the cover. That's how GR is referring new reads in this case. It's weird.
Am I the only one disturbed over this? It's one thing to have a trend and put glistening hunks and kilted men on 1/3 of all covers in existence, but this is a whole new level of mental. Are they really the only two that have good enough pictures for book covers? What the heck is going on?
Is there another case of this you might know of?