Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cover Trends #1

There are several cover trends that have striked my interest lately. I am in love with certain book covers and whenever I see them I want to squeel with hapiness. Although at times there have been covers that bug me. I know the rule says don't judge a book by it's cover and it's usually a good rule to follow. However, sometimes covers effect my opinion of a book. If a book looks like trash, it makes me think that the author just didn't care enough about selling their book. Of course, I'll still read the book but I'll be a little skittish about reading it.

Trend # 1: Recycled Covers

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What I don't understand is why people can't create their own covers... I feel that the lovely cover on Opal was seriously degraded the second it became recycled.

Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)Kissing Zombies (A Girl's Guide, #1-2)Handling the UndeadPretty Monsters (Josh of the Damned, #1)
This is one cover trend that I just don't like. Changing the colors of the models or zooming in doesn't make it unique.

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)SimplicityNorth of Beautiful

There are so many other covers out there with the same models. What do you think about this trend?

Trend #2: Kick- Ass Heroines

Soulbound (Legacy of Tril, #1)Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Scarlet (Scarlet #1)Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)

This is a trend that I'd love to see more of simply because my favorite type of book is the kind with tough heroines. Even seeing covers like this is enough to get my pulse pounding! The swords or weapons are an intelligent way to get the point across that these book aren't just about a pretty girl. This is literally my favorite cover trend and the books that I am most likely to pick up have covers like these.

Trend # 3: Mysterious Covers

Outside In (Insider, #2)Shadowlands (Shadowlands, #1)Hysteria Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)Perfect Cover (The Squad, #1)

 Mysterious covers are hard to categorize. They're the type of covers that make you want to look twice. They make you really wonder what's going on and they make me want to read the book. I think these are the drool-worthy covers of the ya genre because they just seem so unique and eye-catching.

Trend # 4: Summer Covers

The Story of UsIt's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking BootsSecond Chance SummerSomeone Like You

I think books that scream summer are fantastic covers for several reasons. I love the summer and love delving into a summer book even more. Also, I'm a California girl so books with covers of the ocean are something I can relate to. And I like reading summer books, especially during the winter and early spring beacaue they help take my mind off of school and remind me that it'll be summer eventually.

There are sp many different cover trends out there and I only skimmed them. So look forward to more posts on cover trends from me. It's good to be back!


  1. #1- I highly doubt Opal was the first book with that cover, so it's not like other books are recycling it from them. That couple has shown up on scores of novels over the last several months, because most book covers that use pictures (especially of people) are just using stock photos to save money. There are very few covers that DON'T use stock photos, so it just comes down to whether or not they lucked out and choose a picture that nobody else was eyeing. This is why I prefer illustrated covers- other books don't have the same one.

    1. You're most likely right. It was the first one I saw with that cover though and I fell in love with it. Seeing it's double, it almost felt to me like I wearing a dazzling dress to the prom only to see another girl or two wearing the same one. Not the end of the world but certainly disappointing. Hmm, that makes sense. I didn't know that, that's good to know. I do love illustarted covers, too. Some of them bug me but if well done, I find them stunning. Thanks for the insightful comment!

  2. I really dislike knowing that I book cover has been recycled. Although I know that most covers use stock photos, and many others choose to pay for cheap cover designs by freelancers, I still hate seeing the same image of a person on two books. I don't know, it makes me want to not read the second book in line with the same cover. I also agree with Kirsten that illustrations are a much better option, and they aren't even that expensive to get either!

    "Shadow Lands" is one of my favorite covers of the year! And although I know that books should never be judged by them of course, I was dying to read it just because of the cover alone!

    1. Me too, I find it pretty annoying. Yeah, I just learned that thanks to Kirsten. I was trying to research it to find out why covers are recycled but couldn't find anything. It's not that seeing the same people bugs me- it's seeing the exact same picture of the same people. Yeah, illustrations can be beautiful.

      I know, it's one of mine too! I actually haven't read it yet but I hae it on hold at the library and am dying to read it. Yeah the cover just makes the book so much more desirable. And it helps that the premise sounds amazing!

  3. i hate when covers are recycled!, i love seeing different and unique covers <3, wow i didn't realize how many people recycled covers haha


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