Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

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*Disclaimer* The comments below are in no way a reflection of any cover designer's talent or skill. I admire and appreciate everything they do for their job and understand publishing is a business, meaning certain covers sell better than others. This is just me blowing off steam.


1. Ballgowns- I am OBSESSED with ballgowns, most likely because I will never wear something so grand in my life and because my parents played Cinderella innumerable times during my formative years. Either way, something in me just lights up when I see a gorgeous gown on a book cover. I'm head-over-glass-slipper for this trend.

2. Typography Focused- Typography, when applied correctly, can be one of the most stunning pieces of art on a cover. My prime example for this is the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. The type is beautiful and only adds to the gorgeous buildings on the cover. The type doesn't have to take over a cover, but needs to be used in a way that compliments surrounding images, instead of just something that goes over a pretty photo. I'm a huge fan of how the designer made Coldest Girl in Coldtown look like a tattoo, very cool.

3. Illustrated/ Painted- Two of my greatest loves, art and books, always go together well. I can't possibly list all of my favorites. The Mercy Thompson/ Alpha and Omega series art by Dan Dos Santos is breath taking. The original version of The Raven Boys looks so raw with the obvious brush strokes. Rainbow Rowell's cute covers are designed by a lovely lady named Noelle Stevenson. I'm a huge fan of publishers supporting artists. Plus, if the artist likes the book, it's like the most wonderful version of fan art ever!

4. Unexpected/Unique- There are too many fantastic covers that could go here. I love when a cover design embodies the book it represents. The covers become so unique and awesome I can hardly stand it. Hourglass by Myra McEntire uses the idea of suspended time to make the most haunting cover I've ever seen. Cinder flips a normal image into something fitting a cyborg fairytale. The Merciless and Rebel Belle are such girly and awesome covers, yet have an edge that displays the plot's dangers. Speechless, which is blank, but embossed with the title. The creepy beauty of every Mara Dyer novel. And of course, the flipping amazing wing coming out of the girl's tattoo on Ink Exchange. Ugggggh cover p*rn.

5. Magical Critters- Adapting Chekov's Gun theory, if you have a magical creature in your book, it needs to be on the cover. Scorched by Mari Mancusi, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, even my childhood series The Unicorn Chronicles, had the primary magical beastie on the cover. Aside from being helpful for the imagination of those reading the book, it just looks super freaking cool. I mean dragons, man. There is nothing more fierce than them.

6. Objects, Symbols and Seals- Sometimes simple branding is the best way to go. I like the elegance and ease of an uncomplicated design. These types of covers are becoming more prevalent, but they're still unique enough to give me pause when I see them. Stolen by Lucy Christopher and Ignite by Sara B. Larson are my favorites.


7. Pretty Lady Face- I am generally fond of ladies' faces and like to look at them. I do not however, enjoy seeing 30 different-yet-similar girls staring up at me from bookstore shelves. Take Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, a story about assassins, poisoning, fire and acrobatics. The cover is a pretty lady with leafy green swirls. Pretty, but completely misses everything the story is about. And Lux, my poor Lux series about a fierce and sassy book blogger who finds out her smokin' hot neighbor is an alien. Did you really need to super-impose "Katy's" face there? And do not get me started on her make-up job on the second book. Basically, I enjoy ladies on covers, but I would like a little more variety, whether in the model's pose, the camera angle, the photoshopping, something.

8. Man Chest - As much as I adore looking at fine specimens of the male gender, I can only take so many six packs and crossed arms or discretely shaded nipples before I get bored. Literally half, 7 out of 14, of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark books have man chest as the cover. I get wanting the series to be uniform, but come on, you can barely tell one from the other. I am begging you, romance/sexy books cover designers, think of something different. Don't just slap a barely clothed male on the cover. You are better than that! And publishers, please accept new designs. Diversity, it's a good thing!

9. Enough With Black- My shelves could almost pass for black holes. Granted, I might be little biased since my shelves themselves are black. But that's beside the point. I couldn't even count how many of my books had black in their covers or on the spines, not including the color of the text. I understand the books I read can be gritty and covers should reflect that, but I PROMISE there are other dark colors out there that are not black. Try experimenting a little with color combinations, please? For my own sanity.

10. Put Down the Glitter- I want this train stopped before it ever leaves the station.To be clear, I am a lady who loves glitter on shoes, outfits, occasionally even in make up. I am not against glitter in any way. I just really, really think it needs to stop being used on book covers. I mean, look at the Need series by Carrie Jones. These books are about evil pixies, war, and Ragnarok. The cover girl is up to her eyeballs in gawd-awful "pixie dust" for no reason. Glitter is a very special tool, which should only be used in very special instances. As Fat Amy would say, "not a good enough reason to use the glitter tool." 

1 comment:

  1. Ah, I've been waiting for a post like this! They may say "don't judge a book by its cover," but the truth is, my dad still buys all his sci-fi based on how interesting the cover looks. Putting in that bit of effort to make a novel draw in readers who don't necessarily recognize the author or love the genre can do wonders!


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