There seems to be a lot of changes in regards to book covers lately, especially in series. I don’t know about you but, I LOVE cover reveals! I know we are not supposed to judge a book by the cover but let’s be honest, a lot of us do. They are meant to draw us in and make us want to know what the book is about! I know there have been books I have picked up purely because of the gorgeous cover. I am sure I have also overlooked amazing books because of a cover that didn’t grab me as well. So when I see a cover reveal for something I already have, I get excited for about 5 seconds and then I get… well I get kind of bummed out.
So why the change? Well, I am assuming there are a few reasons this might happen but I feel like the most likely is that they are trying to appeal to a wider audience. Perhaps the original cover was bland and they want something a little more attention getting. Or maybe the original cover had a pretty girl or a lot of pink and purple and they wanted to appeal more to the male gender. Or how about the cover is just dated and they needed something fresh. Maybe after the first book they just could not find additional covers to go along with, or fit, the rest of the series. OR MAYBE they like to torture us and make us dish out more money. Okay, that last one is probably not true but it sure feels that way sometimes.
I HAVE to have my series book covers match. I don’t know about you, but it is really frustrating to spend money on a book and then find out there is a whole cover redo, or even worse, after the second in the series! I love to read and buy books but I cannot afford to spend more money on those I already own because the covers were changed. And I am starting to get a little paranoid about buying first books in a series for this very reason.
Lets take a look at a few changes:
I actually liked the first cover a lot! Do I think it went with the story well? Not really but I don’t see how the new one is any better at it. I assumed, beforehand, that Unravel Me would have a similar style as the first cover, but with the girl wearing the outfit she obtains in the end of Shatter Me (was that vague enough without spoilers? LOL). But I do love the new covers more. They are gorgeous! I am thankful I didn’t buy a hard copy of Shatter Me before the change.
I did read Delirium before the cover change, but I had on recommendation and read the ebook. I hate to say that I most likely would have overlooked it on my own though. Something about the font and the cover color just doesn’t grasp me. The pretty girl on the cover of the new design doesn’t scream at me either but I do like it and assume it attracts a lot more readers than the first did.
I don’t even know what to say about this one. I have always been a sucker for blues and purples on a cover, as well as kissing, so I am a huge fan of the first one cover design. It also looks beautiful with A Million Suns. The other cover for Across the Universe, I believe, is for the paperback? I like it okay but I am confused as to why just the paperback was redone if the following was going to happen:
So now the whole book series design has been redone for the 3rd book. So you mean now everyone who has bought not just the first book in the series, but also the second book, will now have a 3rd that doesn’t match? Why now?! Why couldn’t the overhaul have waited for down the road? I JUST got a copy of Across the Universe and I am so disappointed. I personally don’t care for the new design. I hate to say it, but the inconsistencies make me not want to buy the final book, and instead just wait to get a copy from the library. I don’t want to feel that way. 🙁
I guess what I am saying is, I am not a fan of cover changes. I really think there should be consistency in the design for the readers at least until after the completition of a series. And if for some reason a change needs to be made, for goodness sakes it needs to be done after the first book!
These are my thoughts on this specific topic. I would love to know what you all think about redone covers. Do you love them? Hate them? Are there any you like best? What do you think of the ones I mentioned and/or do you know of others? I want to know what YOU think about this! 🙂