Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. I wasn't sure about this topic today, because I feel a little bad ragging on particular covers, but I'm going to take it in my own direction, so here it is: Top Ten Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign.
Here are the types of book covers that make me cringe (I haven't read some of these books I chose; they are merely serving as examples):
1. Really girly chick lit covers: I think this makes people assume that these are "women's books" and that they are of an inferior quality. I actually like a lot of books by and for women and would like it if they didn't have to market themselves this way to sell.
2. Based on the movie covers: I've already complained about this on my Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves. The offending cover that prompted my complaint is the lovely Possession on the left. I'm also particularly offended by Precious because that isn't even the title of the book.
3. Live models on covers: Why? There are lots of great artists and illustrators out there in the world, trying to make a living. Here is a perfect showcase for their talents. Young adult and romance are the biggest offenders here. I think they look like advertisements, and I see plenty of those everywhere else.
And, to even it out, here are some trends in covers that I do love:
1. Neon: This might show up on some peoples' problem lists, and I understand. However, I love it. Give me some bright colors sitting on a bookstore display and I'll buy it. I'm like a fish, drawn to shiny things on the bottom of the sea.
2. Color block/ minimalism: I'm totally into these Melville House editions, so simple. I mean there is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about here, or to bias your opinion about what is inside. They let the books speak for themselves.
1. Penguin: Love them.