Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
Top Five Book Cover Trends I Like
- I really like the current trend of clever typography: covers where the title takes up most of the space, covers where the lettering interacts with other design elements, and so on.
- I also like the use of silhouettes because they give me an idea of what’s going on in the book without forcing me to imagine the characters’ faces in a certain way. And also because silhouettes are simple and use a limited palette but they give a very cool effect.
- Illustrated covers also catch my eye a lot. I’m not a fan of having to imagine characters in a certain way, but I appreciate a good whimsical illustrated cover, especially on Middle Grade books.
- I’m a fan of historical novels so I adore vintage covers: covers done up in faded sepia tones, “old” fonts for the title, people in period-appropriate clothing… gimme!
- Finally, I’m not a girly girl by any means but I have a soft spot for ballgowns, even when they’re a complete anachronism. They’re just so pretty!
Top Five Book Cover Trends I Dislike
- I’m not a fan of using photos on the cover of books. Most times it feels like it’s just a stock image that could be used on any book and isn’t special at all. Photos won’t grab my attention. But if you put a photo on the cover, make sure it’s not…
- Models who look nothing like the characters in the book. Seriously. Have someone who read the book and can tell you whether the protagonist is a blonde or a brunette, or I’ll be wondering who the hell those random people on the cover are. (And that’s if I pick up the book in the first place.)
- Another pet peeve is the fake lens flare on a cover. It’s probably a big part of my dislike for contemporary YA. I have no idea where it came from but I’d like it if it could go back the way it came.
- It seems like a very basic things, but there are some covers in which I’m not sure of the order of the words in the title because they’re written in a strange, “artistic” way. Or covers in which one or more words are significantly smaller, and when I look at the cover from afar I can only read half of the title and it makes no sense at all.
- Lastly, what I really can’t stand is crappy self-published covers. I understand not everyone is an artist, but if your title is eye-watering yellow on a turquoise sky that’s been oversaturated with thirty different Photoshop filters, I’ll never pick up the book. Ever.
Which cover trends do you like and dislike?