Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tough Love on Book Covers

Today I'm going to address a slight faux pas with book covers. There are many reasons book covers can change. They especially tend to change in series books which go on for a long time. True, most book covers in a series shoot for a common theme, like an object or a color or even in some cases the same model. However, book series' covers still tend to change to keep up with the evolving audiences. Let's look at some examples of why.

It can be a change from hardcover to paperback:


Maybe the book series is being bound up as one novel.

Mediator Book 1
2 Book Bind-up

Or, as I've said the book series reinvents itself multiple times because it has been going on so long.

Anita Blake #8
Anita Blake #8

Anita Blake #20

But very, very rarely have I ever seen a book cover basically stay the same. Look at Firelight and Vanish by Sophie Jordan. Aside from the face shape, color scheme and angle is anything really different?

Firelight #1
Firelight #2

Don't get me wrong, I love Firelight's cover like a cult fanatic and I think Vanish is absolutely gorgeous as well. Though I can't help feeling a teensy tiny bit disappointed in the fact that the covers are so similar. I was like "yeah, the Vanish cover will rock!" and it does. But it's almost the same thing as Firelight, which is sad because I was looking forward to a completely new design. Maybe the significance of the design is lost on me since I haven't read the books yet, but I still feel a little cheated on the cover.

Over and out my pretties. Keep looking at those lovely covers. :)

Happy Reading, 

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