This week’s theme:
Cover Trends We Like and Dislike
Today, on MOST XTREME BOOK COVER CHALLENGE:
BEKKA and LYN go head-to-head over the hotly-debated topic of BOOK COVERS! In her corner, Bekka doesn’t hesitate to pull her punches as she slams her top book cover peeves! Her challenger, Lyn, basks in the glory of book cover designs that she loves! Who will gain victory and glory? Which side will triumph! Stay tuned foe MOST XTREME BOOK COVER CHALLEGE.
(I am really running low on ideas for TTT intros — Lyn)
Because bugs are disgusting with their twitchy wings and teeny tiny legs and stingers and EW.
While any of these images would look just fine if it were real, the fake fire adds an element of cheesiness I can’t ignore. I just can’t take a cover seriously if it has fake flames on it.
I can understand changing the model’s eye color, but there’s a fine line between different and outrageous. I can’t stand over-photoshopped eyes like these. They just look silly.
I have absolutely nothing against real tattoos. But these poorly placed fake tattoo graphics are hilarious and I will never not laugh when I see these covers (and others like them.) You want a tattooless model to have some ink? Give him some proper temporary tattoos and THEN photograph him. It will come out better every time, I promise.
I picked this particular couple because I have seen them everywhere (literally, I saw them in an ad for male enhancement. So.) But the girl from the Fallen series will work here too. I feel like, as an author, publicist, anyone responsible for a book’s success should feel that book deserves better than the same image another author is using for her cover. Have some originality and treat the books in your care with respect. It’s annoying, sure, but it’s also quite confusing for us consumers, too.
Bright, beautiful covers remind me of festive wrappers on candy. Good stuff on the inside and on the outside. When a book cover is splashed with beautiful hues and tones, it makes me very excited to pick it up.
More is Less
On the other end of the spectrum, there is nothing wrong with a simple, eye-catching cover as well. These designs are like the Apples of the book world. Sleek, modern and just the right touch of flair.
Tree of Life
Trees are awesome. When I see a forest or some other wooden variety on a cover, it just screams at me to read it.
Water Water Everywhere
Ha! Poor Bekka is tired of fire, while I drool over water prints. Aqua is my favorite element, and underwater shots on a cover gives me a case of grabby hands.
Dress for Success
I KNOW. I complained in 2011 that every book had to contain some sort of female in formal clothing, but now that the trend has died down a little, I miss secretly coveting prom wear.