Romance novels get a new, inclusive makeover

By September 16, 2018Arty, Literature
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Romantic fiction can be completely hit and miss. It treads the fine line between cheesy and romantic, crass and classy so carefully…

A while ago we shared the hilariously normal take on romantic book covers by Val Derbyshire much to everyone’s amusement. Romantic fiction is very popular to this day- even classic bodice-rippers from the likes of Mills & Boon can still be seen being slipped into someone’s bag after a trip to the library.

One woman fell in love with the intense and romantic imagery many romance fiction publishers use but noticed its distinct lack of inclusion for the LGBT community and non-white folk. Most models on the covers were white and heterosexual- which is not exactly representative of the world of romance.

Elizabeth Renstrom and photographer Jason Altaan came together to reimagine the classic covers with a more diverse crowd… Check them out below!







Romance novels get a new, inclusive makeover

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Romantic fiction can be completely hit and miss. It treads the fine line between cheesy and romantic, crass and classy so carefully…

A while ago we shared the hilariously normal take on romantic book covers by Val Derbyshire much to everyone’s amusement. Romantic fiction is very popular to this day- even classic bodice-rippers from the likes of Mills & Boon can still be seen being slipped into someone’s bag after a trip to the library.

One woman fell in love with the intense and romantic imagery many romance fiction publishers use but noticed its distinct lack of inclusion for the LGBT community and non-white folk. Most models on the covers were white and heterosexual- which is not exactly representative of the world of romance.

Elizabeth Renstrom and photographer Jason Altaan came together to reimagine the classic covers with a more diverse crowd… Check them out below!

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Musicians and artists collaborate on an epic book of stories

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Musicians are no strangers to the literary world and a recent project has certainly shone light on this!

About a decade ago a man called Jeff Antebi, the founder of Waxploitation, had a dream of creating a book with his favourite musicians and artists. The idea was to have rock stars, illustrators, and actors collaborate on unique stories and artwork. Now 29 of those pairings make up the kooky, absorbing, and amazing project: Stories for Ways & Means.

Musicians and artists include Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Laura Marling, Alison Mosshart, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny, and many more.

Featured voices appear in short promo films from the likes of the great Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, King Krule, and Lauren Lapkus.

The stories are available in book form straight from the website- from $40 (£30) for the hardback to an exclusive signed edition for $490 (£374). Proceeds go to various charities including Room to Read and Pencils of Promise.

Check out the video below for an exciting look at this rockstar collaboration!

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Neil Gaiman: our daydreams could save the world

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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have joined forces once more to bring us a collection of speeches, poems and creative manifestos all packaged up in a striking and passionate project.

Art Matters explores the importance of our literacy, imaginations and creativity, and how readers can help change the world. There are no age restrictions to creating, thinking, and reading, and the earlier we start- the better.

Below is a selection of pages from Gaiman and Riddell’s illustrated essay ‘Why our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming’ taken from Art Matters. 

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Artist Creates Stunning Author Woodcuts

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We all have our own way of paying homage to our favourite authors but blogger and artist Loren who goes by the name woodcuttingfool has his own unique way of showing his love for his favourite writers, but carving them into wood.

The woodcutter/writer from Hollywood, LA has created a series of woodcuts of all his favourite authors and they really are stunning. It’s astonishing that someone can create such a likeness with a few simple cuts of wood. Check them out below:

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5 Ways to Upcycle Old Books

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Old and forgotten books are being reincarnated as pretty trinkets thanks to some clever folk all over the internet. Butterflies, flowers, and even lampshades are being sculpted from the pages of dusty old books left to rot in attics all over the world.

DIY Everywhere collated some of the best ways to recycle old tomes, using the pages to bring us novel ideas…

Check out the images below and see if anything grabs your fancy! If you find one you like then head over to the website to watch their videos, and to cut, fold, and stick along with them. If book folding and origami are your thing just follow the links below and find your perfect book match.

Happy paper folding!

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Stunning Literary Art Installations with James Trevino

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Literary art on Instagram is becoming such a popular form of creative expression and we are absolutely in love! After discovering Elizabeth Sagan’s bookish blog on Instagram, we have now discovered her masculine literary art twin: James Trevino, ‘bookstagrammer’, cat dad, and self-professed Potterhead.

James’s art is just as inspiring and creative as Elizabeth’s, and full of literary references for the keenest readers. Check him out on Instagram if you like what you see below!

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