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What is the most amazing, over-the-top Fabio romance cover of all time? We are talking about Fabio here, so there is an embarrassment of riches.
How can we pick one masterpiece when everything the Italian Master of Romance Covers has done is so good?
I wanted to do crazy sci-fi and fantasy covers first. But they are surprisingly monotonous, with the difference between (1) a great cover and (2) a campy cover and (3) an insane cover being a matter of taste. The wilder options for sci-fi and fantasy covers include:
Frankly, they kind of bored me, though I will search harder for amazing sci-fi and fantasy covers, especially of dinosaurs in spaceships, which are apparently a thing.
Fabio, now, is easy to find. His body of work is as broad as his chest. He has hair like Samson and a chiseled chin.
On to the covers:
Here’s a prototypical Fabio cover. You’ve got the full glory of his hair and her hair. You’ve got enough clothes on both of them to be decent, but enough off of them to be suggestive. They’re on a beach, and he has some kind of Pirate or Native American Warrior armband thing. Does it get any better than this?
A photo-realistic Fabio must be better than some boring old painting, right? No. This cover is a photo. But it is lacking. For one thing, it’s not a real novel, but a photo shoot for American Top Model, and the model is wearing clothes. More importantly, Fabio is wearing a shirt, which I believe is against the law or something. This looks more like a prom photo than a true Fabio masterpiece.
Here we get Fabio the Friendly Ghost, and different, in a Patrick Swayze way. But it doesn’t work.
Fabio the Viking is clearly inspired by Conan the Barbarian, not that there’s anything wrong with that. He does look a bit giant here. Incredible Hulk Fabio is not that appealing, though. Sure, he’d would be the first man to pick if we were choosing sides for a game of Cut Off The Other Teams’ Body Parts – but we are playing a different game. This is not his finest romantic hour.
Here we go. The wind is making his long locks flow, he’s got a wicked sword and he looks tough-yet-charming. This is my favorite. His attire is appropriate for a bit of piracy or, if he just buttons up that shirt, a night on the town. We have ourselves a winner.
Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Wrote a thriller that won some award (PNWA 2013). Represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.