Book cover trends, yay! There are definitely a few stand outs, especially in the young adult genre. I mean, I don’t blame cover artists because there are some amazingly awesome covers out there . . . but there are still some trends I’ve seen out there.
1. “Girl In a Dress”. Definitely a big trend in the young adult genre — what with The Selection, The Jewel, just for example, and I’m sure that there are plenty others out there. I personally love these sorts of the covers, though they can’t be too similar to each other. I think, to be honest, that the cover of The Jewel is much too similar.
2. Eyes/masks. Eyes are a big thing, I noticed! Same as with masks. Example includes Daughter of Smoke & Bone.
3. The kissing/holding hands cover. Eh, quite common in contemporary young adult, and even new adult. To be honest I don’t really like these sorts of covers at all. I find that there are too many of them, and are a bit “meh”.
4. Weaponry/badass chicks. (Or guys.) Probably my favourite trend! *cough* Throne of Glass *cough*
5. Mirrors. “Hey, look, there’s two of me!”
6. The simple, but stand out covers. This one includes Grasshopper Jungle, Year of the Rat, ect.
7. The “Hey, look at my sexy physique” cover. I’m a female teenage girl. I am not complaining about these covers at all.
8. The font-orientated cover. These are the covers which are predominantly font — or where the main focus is on the title, not the cover image.
9. The map cover. Think Paper Towns by John Green-ish styled cover.
10. The Gothic, or “dark” themed cover. Take Fallen by Lauren Kate, for example. Dark, mysterious . . . and, well, yes, she’s in a dress, but it’s more Gothic I find.
11. The “Nahhhh, let’s not bother with capitals!” cover. I actually really like these covers for some reason. Ordinarily my grammar nazi senses would be tingling, but they’re pretty cool. Examples include Compulsion, Of Scars and Stardust, As Stars Fall.
12. The “Strike an Elegant Pose” cover. These bother me a little, but they’re quite a common theme. Some of them are pretty, yes, but I kind of think they’re too pretty . . . Note: The Throne of Glass cover featured here was the first hardback copy before they changed it when the novel went to paperback.
Okay, so I chose twelve. Sue me.
I’d love to know what’s on your list. Please link me to your post below!