Redesign Reactions [6]: The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

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Welcome to Redesign Reactions, where we talk about books, covers, and what happens when new cover designs take over a series!

On this edition of Redesign Reactions, let’s talk about
The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

I’ve had my ups and downs with the Delirium Trilogy but DELIRIUM will always hold a special place in my heart for being one of the first dystopian books after THE HUNGER GAMES that I really, truly fell in love with. It opened the doors to more dystopian and consequently, more young adult (there really wasn’t any adult dystopian that I could find so I inhaled all young adult). I was actually really excited to see the redesign for some new paperback editions of the series! It was great to see the series  move away from the cut-off face trend and I really like these bright and beautiful colors.

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OLD COVERS: The old covers were great for their time, I think. It was a trend that was in and these books were one first big series that I personally read and so I think they were sort of trendsetters too. I don’t quite like how all of the covers look side-by-side like this because there’s not a good pattern to how Lena’s face is cropped (one side cut off, then the other, then not a cut-off but just a different angle), but I do love the flowers that frame her face and how the colors of each cover are different but work well towards an overall collection. They don’t necessarily create a specific color palate but they don’t clash and I actually like the teal with the orange and red.

NEW COVERS: I actually really like these new covers! I had no idea they were in the works and just happened to see them the other day and I’m really impressed! I like that it’s sort of minimalistic with just a heart as the main focus but the heart on each cover is made up of different smaller elements that seem to relate to the books. The shadows and shading are a nice touch to really add some texture as well as focus and I really like how the colors work together in an overall scheme! I love that shade of teal on the DELIRIUM cover and I really like that PANDEMONIUM changed from an orange scheme to more gray/dark purple/dark blue. I also appreciate that while they’re totally new covers, they do still have (generally) the same color schemes to really tie into the original hardcovers. (Although this DELIRIUM cover is actually the first redesign of the very original which also looked totally different.)

Which do I like better? I’m totally into the new covers! I really, really love them and I like how it’s bringing the series into the latest cover design trends. I think this seems a lot easier to transcend throughout the years and remain a design that will age well. I don’t know why but I am totally digging the shades of teal/aqua and the raspberry sort of red. There’s just something about them that’s so appealing to me!

So tell me! Which design do you like better? Take the poll below and let me know in the comments which you prefer and why! I’d love to hear your reactions!

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7 thoughts on “Redesign Reactions [6]: The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

  1. Sarah K

    This is one of those times where redesing was a great idea! I do not like the older covers and they’ve kept me away from wanting to read the series. But I really like the new ones a lot. They made a great choice with this redesign.

  2. Katrina @ Bookish Things

    I really like the new design. The covers are soooo much better than the original. I didn’t care for those and only got these in audio. But now I want them in print with the new covers.

  3. tiare

    I think these may be some of the best cover redesigns I’ve seen (maybe even better than the Vampire Academy redesigns). Pandemonium and Requiem, with the weird cropping and odd angles of her face, were especially objectionable. But now they’re beautiful!

  4. Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

    I’ve yet to read this series but I definitely prefer the new design. I’ve never been a fan of the cut-off face trend. In fact it tends to turn me off books so maybe that’s why I haven’t read this series!

  5. Kay @ It's a Book Life

    I agree with you completely. I think the older covers worked for when they first came out. The new covers are gorgeous! I have read this series from the library, but now I think for when I do a reread I should buy these new pretties!

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