Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TTT: Top ten covers I wish I could redesign

Time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

I found this topic really hard. Covers play a big part in whether or not I read a book, so the awful ones tend to go back on the shelf. My general approach is "If I would be embarrassed to read this book in public, NOPE". So there are a few generalisations in here, because there are some books that sound really interesting but I just can't bring myself to read them based on the covers.

1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
WHYYYYYYYYYYYY??? The cover of The Diviners was so gorgeous and simplistic. This is just awful from the font to the illustration to the weird glowy title. Ugh.

2. Polymer by Sally Rogers-Davidson
I loved this book as a teenager. But the giant creepy stalker head in a field of wheat is just bizarre. Especially with the receding hairline...

3. The US covers of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
In my opinion, the US gets some really really awful covers, especially on trade paperbacks. The Discworld books are some of the worst. The rest of the world gets the gorgeous Josh Kirby or Paul Kidby covers. You guys get this crap. The font (and its colour) is just as bad as the cover art.

4. Any movie tie-in cover
Look, I get that it helps sell the book, because people go and see the movie and then when they see the book with the matching cover they decide to read it. But in my opinion? It has a serious impact on your enjoyment of the book, because the cover forces you to constantly compare it to the movie, the way the characters were portrayed and the actors who played them. 

5. Android Karenina by Ben H. Winters
I'm pretty sure this cover is completely deceptive because (from memory) the android mentioned in the title is Anna Karenina's servant, rather than Anna having robot parts. So it's a cool cover. But it doesn't really fit the story. 

6. Pretty much anything by Simon R. Green (except the Nightside series)
The Nightside books have completely awesome covers. The rest of Simon R. Green's books get stuck with these completely generic looking fantasy covers. It's no surprise that they seem to always end up in the discount bin at the bookstore. I mean, come on. A kickass title like "From Hell With Love" and they give it that snoretastic cover? Sigh. (In contrast, check out the awesome cover of the German edition)

7. Broken by Kelley Armstrong
Ugh. Another terrible US cover. Why the hell is Elena naked? Plus, her giant pregnant belly is weirdly shaped and kind of looks like she's got her leg pulled up in front of her... Meanwhile, the rest of the world gets this far less awkward cover.

9. Any cover featuring a shirtless man whose head has been chopped off at the top. 
You know the ones I mean. They're often black and white, and about 90% abs. They're increasingly prevalent in chick lit and new adult books, especially in the e-book editions. You may as well just write "SEXY TIMES AHOY!!" in giant letters on the cover and be done with it. The same goes for the Two People Almost Kissing covers.

10. The Ellie Chronicles by John Marsden
The covers of the Tomorrow series are so fabulous, but these are just meh. The font is boring, the circles of barbed wire are confusing more than anything, and the images are pretty blah. Sigh.

Which covers would you redesign?

K xx

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