Pink Book Buzz

Pinkalicious Pink

Here are a couple of books for little girls about little girls who love pink – Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Pink by Nan Gregory…
I am a faithful reader of Roger Sutton’s blog (and all the interesting conversation sparked there). A couple of days ago, he wrote a post called “Code Pink.” Roger asks “Do girls who like this sort of thing appreciate the code, or do they roll their eyes and read despite it?” Then Lisa Chellman posted “Perpetuating Pink,” expressing her concern “As a librarian, I’m concerned by the color pink… What about books that are not as pink on the outside as they are on the inside?”
And I posted about pink books on Valentine’s Day. Yeah, pink is for that love stuff (eye roll).
Out of curiosity, I did a Google search on “pink book covers” and found lots of interesting stuff.
None of the above posts identified pink books with gay and lesbian books – and yet the term is often applied to them. Here’s a website called “Pinkbooks” which lists LGBTQ books for teens. And I guess I’ll have to start paying attention, because apparently diet books tend to be pink. Probably because women are the most obsessive dieters and we know how pink attracts women? Chicklit is pink too – it was often mentioned in book reviews (too many to link but here’s an example). Pink is really popular for “Bible covers.”
There were quotes from authors about the use of pink on their books, like this one from The New York Observer: ““I didn’t want any pink on the back of my book… I didn’t want pink on my book—not because of what other people would think, or how it would be judged or marketed: I didn’t want pink because I wouldn’t buy a book that was pink. That’s why I haven’t read any of the pink books….”
Watch out, if you read too many pink books, you just might turn pink.

Finally, here’s the real problem with pink books – “How judging a book by its ‘girlie’ cover is putting boys off reading” from the UK’s TimesOnline. Why do they keep doing this? Are publishers afraid that girls won’t know it’s for them if it isn’t pink or what?

[UPDATE: Found another post about pink books: Is Pink Really Evil?]

Pinkalicious: A little girl who is obsessed with the color pink eats so many pink cupcakes that she herself turns pink.
Pink: Vivi loves the color pink. She is working and saving her money in order to buy a pink doll from the store. How does she feel when the doll is sold to someone else?

3 Responses to “Pink Book Buzz”

  1. Great round-up! (And not just because I’m flattered to be included.) I especially appreciated the link to the Times Online article.

  2. Nan Gregory Says:

    Hi,
    I enjoyed reading this chat about Pink. And thanks for putting my book cover at the beginning.
    My book, Pink, isn’t about a colour. It’s about wanting stuff, the stuff that’s always out of reach, the stuff you want as soon as you get the stuff you had to have a split second ago. My little heroine, Vivi, reaches– just for a moment– the insight that she has everything she needs after she dances the blues with her dad. Once the story’s over, of course, she’ll go back to wanting. Leastwise if she’s like her author.
    Thanks again,
    Nan Gregory

  3. Usually I can tell whether a book is directed at girls or guys by not only the color (usually bright, pastel, or cool for girls), the font (more bubbly or curly for girls), and the images (flowers, hearts, legs, etc.) A pretty cover might catch my eye, but I’ll actually choose to read the book based on the blurb – whether it be directed at guys or girls.

    I kind of like pink books, except I got my purse stolen once because of one. (Or, at least, I didn’t notice it was stolen.) I carried a purse the same color as the book I was reading (something by Olivia Goldsmith – not Bad Boy, the other pink one) and so when I checked in my backpack throughout the day for my purse, I would see the book’s color. Should’ve been more careful. (Really, I don’t blame the book jacket.)

    On my dorm shelf none of the books have pink covers, but two are sequels to books with pink covers. (Masque of the Black Tulip – Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Kitty Kitty – Bad Kitty)

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