Ten Fourteen Cover Trends I Love and Loathe
I thought this was going to be a tricky topic for me, and it was, I’ve edited this so many times!! OK, so I know there are a ton of things I like and dislike on covers but I haven’t consciously sat down and thought about it much before, I decided to actually think about it today so I could organise my thoughts and create a post that makes sense… I’m not sure I’ve achieved that! I wanted to do a rant-style post on this a while ago and saved it all up for today… and I’ve basically discovered that in most cases there can be exceptions to my own cover rules. Brace yourself.
Cover Trends I Love:
1. All About The Text – I’m a sucker for a book with a delicious font, or a large font that is the main focus of the cover. I love reading, so it should come as no surprise that I love words, and quotes, and that these things are even better when they are made to look awesome. Bonus points if the text is embossed or indented.
2. Drowning/Underwater – It’s not as sinister as it sounds! I discovered in a previous Top Ten Tuesday (Covers I Would Frame as Works of Art) that I’m fond of having actual people on my covers; photography as opposed to illustrations. More than that, I’m particularly fond of people who look as though they are drowning or are underwater. Strangely, I have yet to find a mermaid cover I like (I haven’t actually read a mermaid book at all yet either).
3. (Moody) Girls in Dresses – What is that I hear you cry?? Shock, horror! Yes. I seem to like the trend that everyone else hates. But only when it’s done well. Or at least, “well” in my opinion. There are plenty of “girls in dresses” covers that I don’t really dig at all (I’m looking at you The Selection).
4. Wings and Feathers – I’m not entirely sure why I like wings and feathers on covers, but I do. As soon as I see a hint of a wing or the tip of a feather I’m drawn in to find out more. The images below also feature some other elements of covers I enjoy, like silhouettes and people who look like they’re falling (or just throwing some bad-ass shapes).
5. Random Body Parts – I know, I’m beginning to sound like I’m making Frankenstein. I only like this when it’s done in a particularly arty/moody way, I think it can be mysterious and emotive. I don’t usually pay attention to covers with full faces; they always seem cheesy or never actually match the character description, which is just annoying.
6. Girls with Red Hair – Arghhh! I wish I knew why I like this trend but I can’t really pinpoint it! Maybe because red hair is associated with a fiery female character?? And I like those?? If a book has a red-haired girl on the cover I’m usually sold (unless it’s a red-haired girl on an overly illustrated or a boring high fantasy cover).
7. Steampunk-esque and Glitzy – I don’t know what else to call this random collection of covers that I really like and I can’t quite pin down what it is about them that makes them feel similar, some have a steampunk vibe, some have swooshes and symbols. If you can think of what the similarities are please let me know!
8. Silhouettes – I can usually take ’em or leave ’em, but some of them are very well done – particularly The Sea of Tranquility below, I love it when covers are smart – when elements of the image make up something else and you have to look twice to see it.
Cover Trends I Can Take or Leave:
9. The Almost Kiss – I wouldn’t go as far as to say I loathe these, but they definitely don’t fall into my love category. I’m not a big fan of the almost kissing covers – they wouldn’t necessarily put me off a book, but I’d probably try to get my hands on a different variation of the cover, or read it as an eBook…
10. Standard “Chick-Lit” Illustrations – I spent so many of my teenage years reading all the “chick-lit” I could get my hands on until I reached the point where I literally couldn’t take any more and the plot-lines all blurred into one. I pick up a good piece of chick-lit from time-to-time but haven’t immersed myself in it for quite a while.
11. Stars and Galaxies – I’m not sure how I feel about these. Some of them can be pretty to look at but I’ve never seen one up-close-and-personal to know if I like it or not. They are kind of mesmerizing though…
12. General Contemporary – As it’s Summer, contemporaries are springing up everywhere. There are some contemporary covers I enjoy more than others, and in general they are pretty non-offensive, but they rarely wow me.
Cover Trends I Loathe:
13. Boring Classics – I’m taking part in the Classics Club and download many of the classic titles I want to read for free on-line. Sometimes I want to own one of the classics though, and that’s when things can get a little tricky. It can be very difficult to find a modern cover adaptation for a classic that isn’t dull, dreary and downright dismal.
14. Nudity – I enjoy some eye-candy as much as the next girl, but nudity on covers, mostly on Romances obviously, just really annoys me. Especially costume nudity for some reason, like pirates, or period drama romances. I just don’t see the point in these covers and think it makes the whole genre look seedy.
I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not a very fussy Book Geek when it comes down to covers. I know what I like and what I don’t, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The absolute, total worst for me though are those covers that look like a 5 year old threw them together in Microsoft Word, what is that about?!
I have to give an honorable mention to the Special Edition Harry Potter Collection that makes up Hogwarts Castle when the book spines are lined up in a row. I am dying to get my hands on this if anyone knows of a reasonably priced retailer in the UK? Let me know in the comments!
What do you love and loathe on your book covers? Do you agree with my choices? Or disagree with me completely??