We all know that many a book cover in historical fiction has questionable historical accuracy, but the cover designer has gone too far this time!
A Mad, Wicked Folly is supposed to be set in 1909 – the Edwardian era. This canary-coloured prom dress, the long, flowing hair… I’ve heard this is a wonderful book, so the author definitely deserved better.
Is it because it’s young adult fiction? Do they assume younger readers are too stupid to pick up a book unless it looks like every other prom princess cover on the market?
Here is a fashion plate from the *real* year 1909 for comparison:
Readers are the world’s smartest, most knowledgeable people! Stop treating us like idiots!