It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic:
Top Ten Cover Trends I Love/Hate
OOOH what a fun topic. I jumped on it as soon as I saw it! There have been a lot of covers I really enjoy and some that I’m just tired of seeing the same things over and over again… I’m sure the same goes for you, so let’s discuss!
Typography: I looooove good typography and I love seeing it on covers! I think too many images on a cover can sway me about what I think characters look like or what places look like, or even just bad images can cheese it up. As long as you have a good font, I don’t think you can go wrong!
A specific moment in the book: I love reading a book and realizing that the cover is THIS MOMENT EXACTLY. I actually heard Shannon Messenger speak once about her cover and she said she even tweaked the book a tiny bit to match the cover! (The girl’s hair was supposed to be a in a braid so she changed it to be loose.)
Matchy covers for non-series: I think it’s really neat when authors have matching covers, even if their books aren’t a collective series. It’s neat to see them and be able to identify that it’s the same author!
Ombre/Rainbow: I just love rainbowy and ombre covers. They’re just so prettyyyyyy. What more can I say.
Minimalist: Rainbow Rowell has some pretty great sort of minimalist covers. Sometimes you don’t need a lot to have a great cover! The images connect with the books, the font is great, and it’s not overdone.
Great Art: I love really good artistry on covers too! Fairytales for Wilde Girls really depicts so many aspects of the book and I love the artwork! The Raven Boys is just amazing. Look closely at that cover next time you pick it up… That bird is painted on there and you can see the brushstrokes!
I Just Love It. No real explanation. I just love everything about it.
Cut Off Faces: What is the point of this? I can I finish the covers myself? Great idea!
Seems like they just didn’t care… Did anyone care about these covers? Or was this just slapped together and everyone said, “Sure, that works.” I mean, honestly. I get so upset about books like The Book of Broken Hearts and The Summer I Became a Nerd because I LOVED them and they got such crappy covers. How does such an epic series like A Song of Ice and Fire get such boring covers? Come on, guys. Don’t be lazy.
Girls in Dresses: Of course this is a classic one that everyone hates. I don’t mind girls in dresses but when it has nothing to do with the book? Yeah. I do. Like Sweet Evil…. Anna once said she never wore dresses. So why the hell is she in a prom dress…?
Things That Have Nothing to Do With the Book: What do these flowers have to do with Sisters In Sanity? And sure, I guess that could be Rose on the cover of Confessions of an Angry Girl, but this cover in no way represented the feel of the book well. The necklace? The nail polish? So… so what? I thought from the cover that it would be some silly, mean girls book and it was soooo not.
Misrepresentation of Characters: Shadowlands is the only one I can think of offhand, but I hate it when characters are misrepresented on covers. The main character is blonde, not brunette. She dresses very simply. Not a fancy person by any means. In fact… her SISTER is the brunette and she’s the one who wears skirts and nice clothes. So does this mean her sister is on the cover? Why is her sister on the cover of her book? I actually really like the cover but hate that the main character is not the girl on the cover.
Copycats/Too Close to Other Covers: It was bad enough that I couldn’t stop comparing The Testing to The Hunger Games while I was reading, but did their covers REALLY have to be so similar? Probably what marketing was going for but I think that’s a cheap cop out to try to get people to compare it to THG.
I also hate when stock photos are used like The Trouble with Flirting and The Kissing Booth. Definitely two very different works by two very different authors. But same stock photo/models pop up on both. Sigh.
Mistakes: It took me a while, but I saw a mistake on the cover of All Our Yesterdays (and the spine). So the numbers are Roman numerals… But why is the four “IIII” instead “IV”? Oops. No good explanation for that one.
Multiple Offenders: Richelle Mead’s covers for the Vampire Academy series and spin-off Bloodlines series. SO BAD. So cheesy — like soap opera cheesy — plus cut off faces, plus things that don’t really seem to pertain to the books… And they continued it with Bloodlines! That was your chance to start anew! To make these covers better!!!! Oh well.