There are a lot of reasons why someone would buy a book. They could be checking out if it’s part of the best sellers’ list, for some it could be the blurb at the back of the book and for others, the cover matters as well. But of course, if the cover looks good to the eye, who wouldn’t want to check it out?
Romance novels would usually have covers wherein the man and woman would be in a sensual pose. In an article by Cosmopolitan, writer Lorraine Heath, said, “Romance readers do base a lot on the covers. That’s the first thing that they look for… I’ve seen readers post that they’ve picked up books simply because they wanted the cover that was on the book,” she shared. “It needs to be a little provocative. It’s also helpful if it tries to capture the mood of the story.”
Photographer and photo editor Kathleen Kamphausen decided to tone it down, though, and in the most hilarious way possible. She recreated some of the most passionate front covers on shelves using Average Joes instead of Fabios, and they pretty much look like most of us trying to be seductive on any given day. Scroll through the pictures below and tell us which ones you think you’ll buy.
All photos credit to Cosmopolitan