Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Ten Book Cover Trends I Like
I was trying to come up with covers trends I actively dislike (and believe me there are a few!) but I was having a lot of difficulty trying to remember which covers in particular. I have come to the conclusion that pretty covers stick in my head more so although there may be particular covers I do not like, I always tend to remember the ones I do like more. Here are a list of trends I have noticed that are prevalent in YA but I adore the covers anyway!
1. The Eye
The eye is pretty common trend on YA covers (notice the singular eye, not to be confused with two eyes). This can make covers a little bit disconcerting but I really like the ones pictured above.
I have been noticing a lot of symbols or symbolic themes on YA covers lately – and this is a theme I really like – aren’t they pretty?
Being a huge horror fan I love really spooky covers – they really draw me in. These covers are all delightfully creepy!
I love nature themes on covers – whether they are realistic or slightly more symbolically drawn – and I think the above covers are really eye-catching!
5. Mirrored Images or Poses
There have been a lot of covers recently with either a mirrored view of the person/people on the front or some kind of alternate mirrored view. It is something I actually really like on covers.
6. Graphical or Illustration
I really like the graphical/illustrative design on covers – it is very quirky and different. The above covers just scream ‘cute’ read to me.
7. Prominent Font
Prominent fonts really make the title stand out for me. I have mentioned this before but I have a very visually orientated memory and I am terrible for remembering titles/authors. The focus on the title as a design element really makes the title more memorable for me.
8. Girls in Dresses
This is an extremely common theme in YA – a pretty girl in a dress on the cover even if it has no relation to the topic of the book at all. Still, there are covers that are so pretty it wipes out any of my prior irritation!
I am not normally a lover of the creepy-crawlies but these covers are stunning! I honestly would have trouble picking a favourite. 😉
10. Pictured from Behind
This is a very common theme but when it works – it really works! I particularly love the cover for Everything Lead to You!
You may notice from above that some of the themes/trends cross over fairly often (girls in dresses pictured from behind, nature and prominent font, graphical and prominent font etc). Sometimes there is a little too much going on but I think overall, the covers above make it work. A good cover is important – it is the first thing you see in a bookshop so appearances do matter.
I took art in school so I really appreciate really artistic, visually appealing covers. I think the covers above have something that really stands out. Although certain themes/trends are way over-used, I think a lot of these elements are used again and again because they do catch attention.