The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: Please Ignore Vera Dietz Cover Change

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cover Talk: Please Ignore Vera Dietz Cover Change

One of my favorite books of 2010 was Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (click here to read my review). Her books are all a little unusual and quirky, and I like how so far all of her covers have matched that. The cover for Please Ignore Vera Dietz was really surprising to me at first, and I wasn't sure how well I liked it. The color, the lighter, and the font have really grown on me, though. Check it out:

Cool, right? And I was even more excited when it became a Printz Award finalist, so that cover now has an awesome silver sticker on it as well! I've been eagerly waiting for it to come out in paperback, but I was a little bummed when I saw what it would like like.

I don't hate this cover--I actually think it's really cool. I like how the girl has her back to the audience and is walking down the middle of the trees, and I think the way that King's name is written is neat. It coveys the sense of solitude and lonliness that Vera feels quite well. It's just not as unique nor as eye-catching as the original cover.

Which one do you prefer?

And if you haven't read this one, go pick it up now, or when it comes out in paperback on April 10th, 2012!


Beth S. said...

I LIKE the new cover, don't get me wrong, but I like that the first one was more gender neutral. It's really hard to get boys to read books with girls on the cover. They automatically assume it's girly. I think the first cover attracted more boys to read it which I think has been a huge problem in YA these days. Too many girls on the covers with frilly dresses and not enough covers to win boys over.

Dawn said...
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Dawn said...

I prefer the new cover. I would probably hesitate to pick the first book up because I loathe smoking.

Skeeter's Scribbles said...

What a wonderful blog! So glad I found it. I definitely prefer the second cover myself. Love your blog so much!

The Compulsive Reader said...

I can understand why so many people would be sensitive to the negative connotations of the lighter with smoking. It was my first reaction as well. However, in the book there is a case of arson that is pretty central to the main conflict, so I think that's what's referring to more than smoking.

Dawn said...

Tirzah, thanks for the info. Yes, smoking is the first association I make with a lighter. Maybe they realized this when making the switch.

Alexis Ladig said...

I think that they both have elements that I like, but if I had to choose not based on having read the book and just on what I prefer on covers, I would probably pick up the second.

Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

Eh. I really love the first cover. Simple and eye catching. I think the new paperback cover is a bit more generic looking. The first cover looked a lot more like a Printz finalist to me.

But like you said, I do like where they put AS King's name on the paperback. Quite clever.

I still need to read this one though!