Change the cover of Lauren Willig's The Orchid Affair

We, the loyal fan base of Lauren Willig, are deeply grateful for the support that Dutton Publishers has given our beloved series. We love the Pink Carnation series in part because of it's treatment of the historical romance genre. While most books of this genre are typical "bodice-rippers", this series is classier and more tasteful. The hardback covers for these books (which can be found here) reflect this image. Not only are the covers actual oil paintings from the time period, they also portray the heroine as a smart sophisticated lady.

However, and with all due respect to Dutton, The cover for The Orchid Affair, which was revealed on July 12th, 2010, is a travesty for those who have been fans of the series for many years. The cover is that of a typical bodice ripper, complete with bare shoulders and thin silk gown. We, the fans, would like to see this cover replaced with one more in keeping with the oil painting tradition. As none of these books have been printed yet, and scores of fans have submitted ideas for substitution covers, this would not be an impossible task.

While Dutton may hope to gain readers by releasing a run-of-the-mill cover, they should be aware that they may lose already devoted fans in the process.
We, the undersigned (hereby refered to as "the fans"), are deeply grateful for the support that Dutton Publishers has given our beloved series. We love the Pink Carnation series in part because of it's treatment of the historical romance genre. While most books of this genre are typical "bodice-rippers", this series is classier and more tasteful. The hardback covers for these books reflect this image. Not only are the covers actual oil paintings from the time period, they also portray the heroine as a smart sophisticated lady.

However, and with all due respect to Dutton, The cover for The Orchid Affair, which was revealed on July 12th, 2010, is a travesty for those who have been fans of the series for many years. The cover is that of a typical bodice ripper, complete with bare shoulders and thin silk gown. We, the fans, would like to see this cover replaced with one more in keeping with the oil painting tradition. As none of these books have been printed yet, and scores of fans have submitted ideas for substitution covers, this would not be an impossible task.

While Dutton may hope to gain readers by releasing a run-of-the-mill cover, they should be aware that they may lose already devoted fans in the process.

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