Dawn Eden’s book The Thrill of the Chaste has now been published in Chinese, and it might be instructive to compare the cover art, above, with the cover of the English-language version, which you can see here. Now there’s nothing unusual about changing cover art for specific markets, but this particular example, at first glance, might seem a little sexier than the book’s premise might suggest. (The Spanish-language version, on the other hand, uses the original cover.)
Dawn herself, however, thinks it’s okay:
I do like the chic, Mod stylings of the cover model. The angle is provocative, to be sure, but the opaque tights and medium-height heels (as opposed to stilettos) make it modest by Sex and the City standards. Ultimately, it looks like what is being sold is not so much sex as mystery. It’s perfect for enticing young hipsters to pick up a book that invites them to rethink their idea of what a love relationship should look like.
Given her own previous history as a Mod-come-lately, I had to look at that photo two or three times (at least) to be sure Dawn herself hadn’t posed for that cover. Then again, if she had, I’m reasonably certain she would have said so.
And besides, it’s not like anyone’s asking you to dress like an extra from Little House on the Prairie or anything.
Disclosure: This item is referenced in said book.