Heroes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Last week I blogged about the actresses I used as inspiration for my heroines. I said then that I was less happy with the cover art for some of my heroes and this week I’ll prove it!

For the hero of LORD LANGDON’S KISS I suggested Rutger Hauer. I was on a Ladyhawke kick (anyone else love that movie?) and though of course the garb is not period, the whole “stalwart knight” thing suited his personality. I don’t think that quality translated through the obligatory Regency smile but at least he is tall and blond as I described him.



Part of my inspiration for Philip, the hero of THE INCORRIGIBLE LADY CATHERINE, was a recording I had of Bryn Terfel singing folk songs. I imagined Philip as a man with a wonderful, rich baritone voice, not conventionally handsome but with striking eyes. I sent in an image of Terfel that I thought might work but what a mistake that was! Can you feel my pain?



With THE REDWYCK CHARM my luck improved. I sent in Michael Vartan and though I’m not sure this cover hero resembles him (and the hair is a bit weird) at least he is good-looking!



My best cover hero came in SAVING LORD VERWOOD. I learned later that the cover model was the popular John DeSalvo but he does capture the look I was going for with Jeremy Northam. Overall, it was a nice cover and came in 3rd in the historical series category of the All About Romance cover contest that year. I’m not complaining, this hero is very fine. πŸ™‚



Now to my last cover hero. I sent in Colin Firth and got…this dude. Ack! I was glad the background color was striking and the actual image was so small. If anyone could really tell how Very Wrong this hero looks, I would have cried.

So what do you think?

And though I already know the likely suspects, who would you most like to see on a romance cover?

Elena
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About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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16 Responses to Heroes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  1. Diane Gaston says:

    What a silly question, Elena—why, Gerard Butler, of course!

    I rather like your clinch cover for Lady Dearing’s Masquerade. It has passion.

  2. Jane says:

    There has been a lot of chatter about Richard Armitage of “North And South” fame. He would definitely be a great inspiration for a hero. I agree with Diane, Gerard is perfect choice too. I would also add Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman.

  3. Elena Greene says:

    Yes to all those. I may “use” them sometime. πŸ™‚

    I know what you mean about the LDM cover, Diane. The pose (also the partway open shirt!) suggest that it isn’t a tea-cuppy Regency. I’m OK with it as long as no one looks too closely at the hero…

  4. Ladyhawk says:

    LadyHawke!! Obviously, a personal favourite!

    I have to ask: Did they even look at your suggestion for Terfel?

    Dark and handsome: Richard Cerqueira is definitely my fave cover model! No secret there.

    For the blond look, then Sean Bean. Though Frodo is my favourite character in LOTR, I have a black and white of Boromir (Sean Bean). Every time I look at it, all I can think is THAT’S what a knight is supposed to look like.

    Fun post, Elena!
    ~Judy T

  5. Cara King says:

    I love this series of posts, Elena! Fascinating hearing what went on behind the scenes (and behind the covers)! πŸ™‚

    Count me as a Ladyhawke fan too! And though that hero of yours looks nothing like Hauer, he’s very nice nonetheless. Actually, I find Philip is the only disappointing one — he just looks kind of weird! πŸ˜‰

    Cara

  6. I’m sorry about LADY DEARING’S MASQUERADE…that could hardly be LESS Colin Firth.

    As for my choices for cover models, I think my feelings about Sean Bean are well-known. Also, there’s my usual list of “men from Joss Whedon shows”–Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof, James Marsters. And I think all my fake news secret boyfriends (or, as a friend of mine calls them, “thinking woman’s chew toys”)–namely Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Jon Stewart, in that order–would make wonderful Regency heroes, but I’m not sure their appeal translates to cover modeling.

    For obvious reasons, my baseball boyfriend, Ichiro Suzuki, wouldn’t really fit a Regency cover–though I find myself trying to figure out how I could get a samurai to Regency England or a Regency miss to Japan just to make it work!

  7. Elena Greene says:

    Actually, I find Philip is the only disappointing one — he just looks kind of weird! πŸ˜‰

    Kind of like an overweight adolescent, if you ask me!

    For obvious reasons, my baseball boyfriend, Ichiro Suzuki, wouldn’t really fit a Regency cover–though I find myself trying to figure out how I could get a samurai to Regency England or a Regency miss to Japan just to make it work!

    I would love to read that one, Susan!

  8. Georgie Lee says:

    Mr. Knightly is so dreamy. The cover artists did a good job with him. It’s been so long since I saw Ladyhawk, I may have to check it out again. I remember liking it.

  9. seton says:

    I like the languid blondes so it would be Leslie Howard for me. And he was a gentleman spy in real life AND played Sir Percy Blakeney so he’s perfect. But Michael vartan and Jeremy Northam are both awfully cute too. πŸ™‚

    LORD LANGDON’S KISS = Ted McGinnis of REVENGE OF THE NERDS fame

    THE INCORRIGIBLE LADY CATHERINE = Harrow-ing frat boy with double chin

  10. I would love to read that one, Susan!

    You’ve actually got me trying to figure out how to do it! It was during Japan’s era of seclusion, so it’d be tough…but I’ll add it to my mental what-if list.

  11. Susan/DC says:

    What doesn’t come through in the cover are Rutger Hauer’s piercing blue eyes. “Ladyhawke” was such a romantic film, even if Matthew Broderick’s character was distractingly anachronistic and more appropriate for a movie set in Manhattan than in the Middle Ages.

    I’m in complete agreement about Sean Bean, and I add Simon Baker to the mix for blond heroes.

  12. Okay, I’m not sure who that insanely grinning puffy guy is, but I’m definitely sure it isn’t Bryn Terfel!

  13. doglady says:

    Great post and some really great covers too. I guess they have to get it wrong every now and then. I have to agree with the Divine One. Gerard is DEFINITELY cover worthy! Clothed or unclothed.

    I am also a big fan of Clive Owen and Matthew MacFaddyen.

    Baritones, by the way, in opera at least are always much better looking than the tenors who normally sick the hero’s part. Baritones are usually the villains, but they are much better looking as a rule. I have sung with some gorgeous baritones and some heinous looking tenors. That in and of itself is not a problem. I’m no raving beauty, BUT, I once threatened to walk out on a great role because I refused to sing with then tenor. I told the director I would not sing with a man who was a bigger B#$%H than me!

  14. Todd says:

    Susan wrote:

    You’ve actually got me trying to figure out how to do it! It was during Japan’s era of seclusion, so it’d be tough…but I’ll add it to my mental what-if list.

    I’d love to read that one, too! To get a Samurai out of Japan, you could always use the same trick that Sondheim, Weidman and Wheeler used in Pacific Overtures–having him blown out to sea by a storm, and not allowed to return by the law forbidding the Japanese to travel abroad.

    To get a heroine into Japan would be tougher. The Dutch had an enclave in Nagasaki; I don’t know if women were allowed there or not, but they certainly wouldn’t have been permitted to venture outside. However, here’s an interesting tidbit from Wikipedia:

    In 1808, the Royal Navy frigate HMS Phaeton entered Nagasaki Harbor in search of Dutch trading ships. The local magistrate was unable to resist the British demand for food, fuel, and water, later committing seppuku as a result. Laws were passed in the wake of this incident strengthening coastal defenses, threatening death to intruding foreigners, and prompting the training of English and Russian translators.

    Todd-who-can-see-it-all-now

  15. Diana says:

    Yes – For the hero of LORD LANGDON’S KISS – Rutger Hauer would be certainly a good choice. Although he is not so often the ‘romantic lead’ he has that certain something, not to mention the lovely blue eyes. You should see him in some slightly more modern films – Blindside, Past Midnight or Voyage for example.

  16. Elena Greene says:

    Diana, I’m with you on those blue eyes but waaaayyy behind on my movie-watching. Adding a few more to my list… πŸ™‚

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