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Cover Trends I LIKE and DISLIKE
Yay for more design themed posts!
Five Trends I LIKE:
1. Girls in pretty dresses. Covers with girls in pretty dresses are all over YA books, BUT I love them. Especially for books like The Selection series by Kiera Cass and Entwined by Heather Dixon, where dresses actually fit the books.
2. Minimalist covers. Sometimes less is more!
3. Typography as the focus. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again! Typography is just all kinds of wonderful. If a cover has a killer font, I’ll be sure to see what it’s about.
4. Paper cut-out looking covers. These aren’t seen as often as girls in dresses, but I’m seeing them more and more. The artists that design the art for these covers are amazing and their work is beautiful!
5. Monochromatic color schemes. I like it when covers stick to ONE color scheme. If there are too many colors it can be too confusing for the eyes. Some pull it off, but I’m loving covers like these.
Five Trends I DISLIKE:
1. Cheesiness. Anna and the French Kiss was on the verge of cheesy, but it was cute. There are some covers out there, though that make me wonder what that designer was thinking!
2. COVER CHANGES. Oh my goodness this irks me, particularly with the Gone series by Michael Grant. Story time! I bought all of the books in paperback and they all match and I’m very happy with how they look. Then it’s time for the paperback release of Light, the final book in the series, and BAM – cover change. It was only released in paperback with the new cover. In any other case I wouldn’t mind as much…but this was the last book in a 6-book series! Personally I like the new covers even better, so that adds to my rage. Haha.
What number are we on? Oh yes… 3. Shirtlessness of guys. Sure it’s nice to look at in the comfort of your own room…;) But I would be so embarrassed to purchase a book with a shirtless guy on the cover, let alone read it in front of my parents, grandparents, teachers, even friends! AWKWARD. (I don’t have anything against Abbi Glines I promise! Her covers were just asking for this, though!)
4. Intimate/Kissing covers. As I said in #3: AWKWARD!
5. Half of a face. So many covers have images of half of a face. Sometimes it works, but I don’t like it when the model is the main focus. It doesn’t let my imagination envision the character based on the author’s description.
So what do you like or dislike when it comes to covers?