Is it just me or has anyone else noticed a shortage of heads lately? The first time it caught my attention was when our son got married a few years ago. Actually, that’s not accurate. Despite the fact that the wedding was on Halloween, the wedding party and all their guests had heads securely attached. It wasn’t until six weeks or so later when the wedding photos came back and there were several headless shots in the wedding album that I noticed this phenomena. Unfortunately, one of them ended up on the album cover. My son and his bride are both very attractive people, with perfectly good heads and faces and there was no reason to chop them off. It wasn’t just me who felt that way. We were all scratching our heads. In fairness, I have to say that most of the photos were beautiful and the photographer was extremely creative and talented. Only a few fell short. Even so, I think I would have asked for a discount.
This headless trend shows no signs of abating and nowhere is it more prevalent than on book covers. Once again, there’s no good reason for it. The heads aren’t missing due to decapitation by battle-axe or sword or an encounter with Madam Guillotine. As in the wedding photos, they’re just not there.
I think the worst offenders are romance novels. The next time you visit a book store, take a look. You’ll see shirtless, alpha-males wearing Scottish kilts, skin-tight trewes or jeans, or the occasional very large, strategically placed sword. The attire may vary but there’s one thing these alpha-guys all have in common–bodies that rock and no head. The same applies to the heroines. They look great from the neck down, but from the neck up, who knows? It’s disconcerting. One thing I have figured out… No heads on the cover usually means tons of sex inside. Maybe it’s a subtle way of rating the sexual content… Nah, I can’t even go there. Too many head jokes come to mind.
Am I putting too much thought into this? Probably, but I like what I like, and I like my heroes (and heroines) to have heads. I’m sure I’ll continue to gripe until the next trend comes along. In the meantime, I can’t help but wonder–what body part do you suppose they’ll lop off next?