Notice some recent cover trends? I have.
Trend #1: RECYCLING
Who thought this was a good idea? Let me point out three books with the same Girl-Running-Scared-in-Pretty-Dress cover.
THE GODDESS TEST (Australian Cover)
THE VESPERTINE changed the dress color. Wow.
DARK ANGEL splashed on a wing and added an eerie background. Wow.
HALF-BLOOD and BROWN EYES have the same cool image...
... just changed the color.
While I like the images, seeing the same ones on different books somehow diminishes my positive impression. As an admitted cover junkie who often judges a book by its cover, I find it annoying that publishers can't be bothered to find something original.
Trend #2: MODELS FACEAnother trend, which I've talked about with The Book Vixen, is using a Models Face - and often the Half-Face.
DELIRIUM went from hiding a face behind the title...
...to the Half-Face on the Special Edition...
...and the upcoming sequel.
REVOLUTION went from two half-faces...
...to one full.
RECKLESS had some freaky-deaky face...
...and changed to hottie-hunk.
In general I don't like models faces on covers. That being said, I do prefer the second RECKLESS cover, but that's probably because I think the guy is cute. I admit there are books I haven't read because the model turned me off. Shallow, me? Pffffttt!
I often don't like the looks of the guys they pick, or with either gender, the model doesn't match up with my vision of the character. The Iron Fey did the Half Face well but I have an issue with THE IRON KNIGHT because it doesn't match up with my vision of Ash.
I love this series but when I read THE IRON KNIGHT I'll shut out that version of Ash and substitute my own much hotter version. (And now that I think about it, I should pick someone for Ash for Missie @ The Unread Reader's Book Boyfriend meme. Then I'd at least have a start at having my own harem since unfortunately Melissa @ Books and Things is a greedy wench and won't give up any of hers!)
But I've gone off on a hormonal digress...
I always adored the original NIGHTSHADE cover.
I even liked the WOLFSBANE cover a lot.
So the publishers completely lost me when they went to this...
Ugh, ugh, and double ugh! In comparison to the brilliance of the original NIGHTSHADE cover, they look ordinary at best.
HUSH HUSH is an all-time favorite of mine.
And I currently lust over EVERNEATH
Now I'm curious about you...
What is your opinion of these trends?Have you noticed other trends?What do you like to see in a cover?What are your favorite covers?
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SIDE NOTE: Since I'm talking so much about covers, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that if you ever want to laugh so hard you snort coffee out your nose - And who doesn't? - check out Jenny @ Supernatural Snark and her Cover Critique. She finds some of the worst covers ever but her hysterical observations are the best!