The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: Mockingbirds and Rivals Cover Facelift

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cover Talk: Mockingbirds and Rivals Cover Facelift

Last year, Daisy Whitney's debut novel, The Mockingbirds, was released. I liked it a lot because it was all about standing up for yourself and demanding justice when the current system in place isn't doing the job. Plus, it borrowed from To Kill a Mockingbird in some very clever and fun ways. I picked up the sequel, The Rivals, at BEA. I haven't gotten to it yet, but the ARC shared the same cool, graphic style of the hardcover of The Mockingbirds.

Well, not surprisingly, I stumbled upon new covers for the series a couple of weeks ago. This is a rather annoying reality to the book business: a series will start with perfectly fine covers, only to get a facelift with book two or three. It's all about marketing, I suppose.

Here are the covers in the original style:

What I like the best about these ones is that they incorporate the graphic tree and leaves style that was featured on the first edition cover of To Kill a Mockingbird. And the little animals and font is really cool.

Here are the new covers:

I definitely like these, but for different reasons. They are a lot more modern and striking. The red is bright and would be a bit much, but there is the blue to temper it out a bit. I guess they give the books a more feminine feel, but I like them nevertheless. (The "dead" bird on the cover of the The Rivals is especially cool.)

Which set of covers do you prefer?


Amber (Books of Amber) said...

I definitely prefer the original covers. They just seem more unique to me, even though they are simple. The new covers... Well, I just don't really like covers that show people's faces close up. It's a shame they changed the originals :(

ritathecheetah said...

I like the original covers better because they stand out from the hundreds of books for teens with similar covers. The original covers are gorgeous, and while the new ones are nice, they do kind of look like generic teen book covers.

Erica said...

I definitely prefer the new ones. They are different and actually relate to the book. I feel like the new ones aren't that attractive.

Lucy said...

I like the new covers, they have a certain appeal to them, and I like what they're doing with the red and blue. They don't seem as classic as the original covers, but I suppose they're going for a different audience with this redesign.

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Anonymous said...

I like the newer version of covers. They're more eye-catching. The original covers gives a "robotic" impression.

Miriam said...

Wow so much better in my opinion. I don't usually like covers with people's face on but I originally scrolled past the old covers and when I saw the new ones I stopped to have a look - I love the bright colours. It makes a change from all the dark, 'mysterious' covers you see all the time in YA fiction.