Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Cover Trends


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find all the awesome details of the meme right here. If you run a blog, I highly suggest you join it — it’s great fun! 

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.

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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.

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2. Eyes/masks. Eyes are a big thing, I noticed! Same as with masks. Example includes Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

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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”.

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4. Weaponry/badass chicks. (Or guys.) Probably my favourite trend! *cough* Throne of Glass *cough*

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5. Mirrors. “Hey, look, there’s two of me!”

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6. The simple, but stand out covers. This one includes Grasshopper Jungle, Year of the Rat, ect.

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7. The “Hey, look at my sexy physique” cover. I’m a female teenage girl. I am not complaining about these covers at all.

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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.

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9. The map cover. Think Paper Towns by John Green-ish styled cover.

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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.

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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.

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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!


4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Cover Trends

  1. I do like the “nah, let’s not bother with capitals” covers. ;) They seem sort of swoony and whimsy to me for some reason. LOVE the minimlistic style ones the best…there’s just something about them that demand attention from moi. I’m not a fan of #12. They often seem forced, in my opinion.

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