As you may have deduced from my reviews, I am a bit of a cover fanatic. I mention covers in every review, and my anticipation and excitement for a book tends to be directly proportional to the beauty or ingenuity of a cover (not always, but often). So, I get excited over cover makeovers as mcuh as the next person, and I even tend to want to own multiple copies of the same book with the different covers so that they match (I will not disclose exactly how many copies of Meg Cabot's 1-800-WHERE-ARE-U series I own).
But, I must ask: what is up with the constant series makeovers BEFORE the second book even comes out?
I'm sure a lot of it is complicated marketing and sales tactics and issues that I do not understand, but basically, I am a little sick of it. I'd love it for a series to just stick with a cover scheme from the very beginning. I like continuity, and I suppose I must be getting old because I don't necessarily like this change.
Here are some examples of what I am talking about:
Example One, Carrie Ryan's books:
Compare the above images (the WAVES cover was tossed out) with...
To be honest, I don't like the paperback of FOREST. The perfect hair and perfect eye make-up just make no sense to me. It doesn't seem real, but more Hollywood. The font, to me, looks a little cheesy. However, for the WAVES cover, I do like it. It really sends a message across. Granted, I still think the original design was better. It seemed to belong better to Carrie Ryan's world, whereas these new covers belong in our world.
Example Two, Maureen Johnson's Scarlet series:
Once again, the second one was thrown out to make room for...
I think these new covers are cute, but they just aren't as original as the previous ones. Granted, the one thing I didn't like about the original Suite Scarlet cover was the fact that the girl's eyebrows were quite dark, but that aside, I prefer the older ones.
Example 3, Michelle Zink's books:
I adore the above cover for its Gothic and unique feel. Absolutely beautiful. However, it appears that when the sequel Guardian of the Gate comes out, a new paperback cover will also be re-issued, and the design is a bit more pedestrian.
I feel like that with these covers, while they are certainly beautiful, they lose the edge and the mystery and the historical feel. I suppose it will be an attempt at appealing to a wider audience, but I am not a huge fan of these covers.
Example 4, Sarah Rees Brennan's books:
Now, I have the misfortune of not really caring for either of these covers, but here is yet another example...
Now, to prove to you all I'm not a total stickler for change, here are a few example of changes I DO like...
Example 1, Jennifer Sturman's books:
This is the original hardcover cover, which I like a lot. Below is the new paperback, and the sequel's cover.
I don't know what brought on the revision of the cover for And Then Everything Unraveled, but I like it. It is a little different (the girl looks more Asian, which fits the book's main character), but it is still essentially the same design scheme, which flows well into the cover of the next book. It will be easy to associate all of these books together, which I like, and the change, though not necessary from my view, is minimal and nice.
Example 2, Terra Elan McVoy's books:
Above is the hardcover cover for Pure, which I believe I've stated upon many occasions that I loathe. The book is about faith and beliefs and purity rings, and the cherry on the cover so does not fit. So, I was very, very happy to discover the new paperback cover...
Muuuuuch better! It still looks a lot like the hardcover, but is definitely more suited to the content of the book. And even though After the Kiss isn't a sequel, but an entirely different novel, I like that the same design scheme was used.
So...what do you think? It seems to me that the majority of these changes are made to make the covers look more modern and streamlined, like something you would see on TV or in magazines, which I suppose is an attempt at selling more books. Are you liking the new covers of all of these books more or less? Do you agree that publishers should try and stick with one design throughout the course of a series? Let me know in the comments.