Undercover Erotica: Books Get New 50 Shades-Inspired Covers

E.L James' 50 Shades trilogy has changed the way readers view erotica. Not only was the book a breakout success, but it has caused enough controversy to get banned from libraries and even spawned a parody. But we are noticing 50 Shades is also changing the look of the genre as well. The muscle-bound hunks and scantily clad women that once adorned erotica have been traded in for monochrome covers that oftentimes feature men’s apparel.

Looking over a few re-releases for previously published (mostly BDSM-themed) erotic novels from major publishers, we are seeing this new trend emerge. Apparently publishers have decided that a stealth cover may be the key to success for sizzling reads!


Bared to You by Sylvia Day

 April 2012 (self-pubbed)


 May 2012 (Berkley)


Wild Card by Lora Leigh

August 2008 (St. Martin's)


 August 2012 (St. Martin's)


Topping from Below by Laura Reese

April 1996 (St. Martin's)


July 2012 (St. Martin's)


Switch by Megan Hart

 January 2010 (Harlequin)


 May 2012 (Harlequin)

The Dark Garden by Eden Bradley

June 2007 (Bantam)


May 2012 (Bantam)


Which covers do you like best, the new ones or the originals? Let us know in the comments! For more genre news and coverage, head over to our Everything Erotica Page!