The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: Black, White, Red

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cover Talk: Black, White, Red

I don't know about you guys, but whenever I talk about Holly Black's Curseworker's series, I've been prone to mangling the title so it's Black Cat by Holly White. And then, of course, it doesn't really help that the cover is red, white, and black. And then you throw in the title of the next book, Red Glove, in the fray, and I want to just start referring to it as "that series with cats, curses, and gloves".

But anyway, I ran across the cover for the next book, Red Glove, and the paperback cover of White Cat. You all remember my issue with cover changes in the middle of series? Yeah, it generally annoys me, but I actually am not going to complain this time around. I thought that the original cover did a very good job as a relevant, male/female friendly cover, but I like the new font even better.

I guess my only complaint is that I really liked the red mist across the model's eyes...but I've also heard that this new cover isn't final, so maybe that will still change?

And, like I mentioned above, I really like the new font, especially because I think it makes the Red Glove look a bit tougher and edgier...if you had put this girl on the cover with the old font, I'm afraid some potential readers would have dismissed it for another clich├ęd paranormal.

What do you all think? Is this a good change, bad change, or are you totally ambivalent?


Rachael Stein said...

To be honest, I like the original cover better (like you, I really like the smoke over the model's eyes). The cover for Red Glove isn't really my cup of tea either, it honestly looks like the cover or a magazine, not a YA book

Liviania said...

I have to disagree. I love that the mist is gone because it lets the model's pretty face be seen. I do dislike that my series covers won't match.

RED GLOVE reminds me more of UK covers than US covers.

Katie said...

I definitely agree with you. I love the original cover, but the new ones are more appropriate for the mood of the story, in my opinion. I'm a bit frustrated that, yet again, my covers won't match. But I think it was a good change!

Lauren said...

The new cover(s) seem more mob-ish, so probably more appropriate, but I still prefer the old cover. I liked not being able to see his eyes, and the curly lettering <3

Anonymous said...

I like the original cover better, also. However, I do HATE when the author's name totally outsizes the title of the book. So, I do appreciate that in the redo, the titles are bigger. I loved White Cat and can't wait to continue with the series. I also happen to have a cat known simply as "white cat" because he's all white and no name we tried to give him seemed to work.