Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday Muse: Cover Stories (7)

Hey, guys! I'm back... school is officially over! I'm really excited that I will have more time to blog and read! Stay tuned for more reviews and updates this week :)
Hardcover vs. Paperback
Recently, there has been quite a few paperback editions coming out from books that were published last year. Some of them you'll be delighted with, while others will make you go WHAT!? Feel free to leave comments–I'd really like to hear what you think about these covers:

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Hardcover vs. (New) Paperback
Is it just me or do publishing companies think that slapping faces on book covers will help sell the book better? This is sooo cliché–I love the hardcover edition, it speaks a lot more than a bunch of faces looking back at me. Plus, isn't the cover suppose to represent Valerie's painting? I demand a re-call! Watcha think? Do you "hate" or like it?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Hardcover vs. (New) Paperback
Although I love paperbacks because they're cheeper (hehe), I don't like it when they change the entire feel of the story. Sure, the picture on the paperback edition is pretty awesome, I never pictured (or even wanted to picture) Mia like the girl on the cover... why must they ruin our imaginations with a person's face? And, might I add, the model's face looks flawless–people aren't flawless last time I checked.
The Blind Faith Hotel by Pamela Todd
Hardcover vs. (New) Paperback
Why are they doing this. Again, they're tying to make an image for you. By doing this they ruin the character in the process. Publishing companies: we have imaginations... we can see Zoe just fine without your help... you've made her too old looking... for goodness sake she's a country girl, you DON'T wear strappy tops outside–you'll wind up with skin cancer by the time you're twenty.

Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Hardcover vs. (New) Paperback
Not quite sure what to think of this one. Cheesy? Dull? Drab?

For more book cover fun to go Michelle's Bookshelf and check out her takes on some of these book covers!


KIKA said...

First off Yay with being finished with school! I just finished this past semester a few weeks ago and am oh so happy and free!

As for cover talk, I agree with you. It rubs me the wrong way when publishing companies get too specific with their covers, as in putting distinct faces for characters, it kind of sets you up for how you're "supposed" to picture the character, and if you've already read the book and have an image that you created of the character already, but then the publishers slap a different picture on the book sometimes it's just not right, because they simply aren't supposed to look like that! hehe you know what I mean? love the cover fun :)

Lisa_Gibson said...

Congrats on crossing the finish line with school. Yay!
I agree with everything you said on the covers. The last one, I do like the logline at the top. Other than that, I can do without all the changes that were made. Especially The Blind Faith Hotel; first one was much better.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on finishing school!! I'm almost finished and I can't wait! :) And yay book covers, I love these! I have to say that I have no problem with either of the originals. I do however, really love the new paperback cover for If I Stay.

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