We’ve all seen the cover redesigns happen to at least one of the books we love. But do we agree with all of them? Never. Below are some before and after cover redesigns that have taken place in the YA genre!
These are some of the more popular cover redesigns in YA. Anyone notice the trend? All of these cover redesigns are changing from models to stylized art. Personally I think that cover redesigns are great, they give a new fresh vibe to the book and I’m sure it boosts sales. We’ve all judged a book by its cover more before.
I think book covers are a really important aspect of the book. They can spark interest, or they can turn someone away. On the other hand, cover designs can be a real pain in the butt. Why? Because sometimes publishers decide to do a mid series cover design change and it BUGS THE HECK OUT OF ME. This bothers me to no end, it looks so ugly on my bookshelf!
Like seriously, what the heck is that? That is one downside to cover changes. Usually cover changes between hardback and paperback editions isn’t too bad. But still, I personally prefer having the same covers throughout in hardback and paperback.
THE MONEY GRAB
And then you get the money grab. For intance, the Harry Potter books. I love Harry Potter, I’m sure all of you guys do as well. But I just can’t afford to pay for all of them. Another example is the new editions of Cassandra Clare’s books. I LOVE those books, if I could buy every edition, I would. And there are people that do.
Honestly, I’ve come to the conclusion that covers are more about a money grab. Let’s be honest, how often does a cover actually portray what the book is actually about? I know City of Bones by Cassandra Clare isn’t just about a bare chested guy with some blood and tats on him. I know The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater isn’t about the journey of a raven, but nonetheless, there is a giant raven on the cover. So basically, does this mean that covers are just to grab the readers attention? Definitely.
To wrap up this discussion, I have some questions for you. Do you like most cover redesigns? What is your least favorite cover redesign? And what are you overall thoughts regarding covers and them being a money grab for publishers?