Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How can you tell if a book cover is gay?


[above] Book cover type may have implications you’ve never thought about. Here are two book covers showing men in frilly shirts. If not for the typefaces, could you tell that one book is intended for straight women and the other for gay men?

Either illustration could appeal to people of either gender and orientation but the type makes the difference. The Cross Bones type could be used on a book for straight men, but not with a guy in a frilly shirt.


[above] Here are two cowboy romance books. The huge letters used for Linda Lael Miller’s name and the curlicues and script typeface used for “Country” indicate its for women. The simpler typeface on the book at the right hints that it’s for men.


[left] Both of these books are in the lesbian romance genre, but the title type styles are entirely different Could one be femme and the other butch?

 

[above] And, finally, books written by a lesbian woman and a homosexual man -- with asexual typography.


(Adapted from my The Look of a Book: what makes a book cover good or bad and how to design a good one)




4 comments:

  1. Are you a gay blogger or a lesbian blogger?

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    1. I was gay last week. This week I'm a lesbian.

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  2. The pirate one is M/M romance, which is mainly aimed at straight women ;) Maybe gay men do read M/M romances, I don't know.

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  3. Some in the spiritual arena of thought accept as true that they "must stop" the "gay agenda, whatever that might be. Of course, there are folks who are very obstinate in the GLBT community about certain issues such as gay marriage and they demand to be heard and are vocal on the following stage over this debate. When I read the gentleman's essay arguing that no one is born gay, I certainly understood where he was coming from, as he felt as if the ""gay agenda" had come too far, and so, he is just as adamant about pushing back now.

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