This is a periodic discussion feature here at Snuggly Oranges about the many problems one can run into as a book nerd.
#3. Mid-Series Cover Redesigns
Welcome to my third installment of the discussion feature, Book Nerd Problems. This week, I want to talk about a staple of these book blogger discussion posts. I figured I had to get this topic out of the way at some point.
So you know how it goes. A series is released. You love it. You think, ‘I must have this series. It will stay on my shelves forever.’ So you buy the first book. And then, for the release of the second or third book, the covers are all redesigned. If you’re like me, your feelings can probably be best described by the following gif…
The thing is, I suffer from a
strong average mild case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. And issues like un-matching covers are definitely triggers for me. I can’t stand it. I mean, my OCD sometimes go so far that I can’t stand books being different heights when shelved next to each other. Yeah. I’m weird. *cough*
To be honest, when you look at some of the redesigns that have been done, you kind of understand it if you think for a while. Usually it’s just that over the course of the publication of the series, they suddenly find a design that just suits the story better. They try to make the cover match the book. But it’s just a little too late, and for readers it may feel like a marketing trick to get OCD fans to spend even more money on the series. (Honestly they should just allow fans who already have the original to get a dust cover with the new design for free, imo.)
So how do you deal with cover changes?I really prefer matching covers. My OCD aside, it looks better on the shelf and clearly shows that it’s one series. For me, it’s kind of gotten to the point where I resist buying hardcovers to keep until the final book’s cover is revealed. I think if it’s really one of my favorite series, I’ll probably buy the cover redesigns of the books I already have and give away the old copies.
Let’s have a look at some of the worst, most irksome cover, or most dramatic redesigns in young adult lit. You can click on the covers to enlarge the images.
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
When this first got announced, I was mad. Although the girl in a pretty dress cover is a cliché, I did really like it for Shatter Me, especially with the light and sparkles. But the more I think about it, the new covers – when you look at them up close or in high resolution – do suit the story better and are a much more intriguing design. So I guess I’m a bit sad that I have a copy with the old cover, but my copy is autographed from when I met Tahereh in November, so I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Across the Universe series by Beth Revis
I’m no fan of the series, not at all, but WHAT were they thinking with this redesign? Seriously, the first covers made my “pretty cover” shelf on Goodreads and really pushed me to read the series
and let’s ignore the ensuing disappointment when I actually read the books. But the new ones… Who thought that was a good idea?
Sky Chasers series by Amy Kathleen Ryan
I almost want to say I like the redesign better on this one but Glow is so overwhelmingly PINK. And sparkly. I haven’t read the series, but looking at the original cover, the redesigns wouldn’t really portray what the series wants to portray. Correct me if I’m wrong though.
The Royal Circle series by Katherine Longshore
Yeah, I’m not particularly a huge fan of either, but the redesign makes this look like a definitely not young adult historical fiction but more adult… And the original at least had some originality.
The Cahill Witch Chronicles series by Jessica Spotswood
I’m not sure about this one. I don’t like the Born Wicked redesign, but I do like the Star Cursed cover, and I see the direction they ultimately wanted to go in. But the modern look to the new covers do kind of take away from the delicate, intricate, witchy quality of the original.
Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
Obviously this one had to be on the list. While I like the redesign of Delirium, what they did with the concept in the covers of Pandemonium and Requiem is not at all appealing to me. In Pandemonium her face is angled and cut off in a really unappealing way and across all the redesigned covers, the expression is so harsh and …weird. It’s also extremely unoriginal.
Curse Workers series by Holly Black
You know, from a design and stylistic point of view I absolutely love the new covers. They are super creative and pretty. But they don’t communicate the dark and inherently paranormal feeling that the original covers did.
Stephanie Perkins’ Contemporary Books
These new covers were just revealed this week. I’m a bit torn because I honestly like both of the designs. Though I must say, the old ones did stand out a bit more and were a bit more unique. But I haven’t read these yet either, so I’m sure those of you who have have a more outspoken opinion than me. What did you guys think of it?
Of course, these are not the only mid-series redesigns. There’s also:
- The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles
- The Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer
- The Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick
- The Mockingbirds series by Daisy Whitney
- The Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson
- The Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready
- The Hunt series by Andrew Fukuda
- The Tempest series by Julie Cross
- The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa
So what about you? Yay or nay to redesigns? Is it sometimes necessary or is it just a marketing trick to milk the love of the fans? Which cover changes have annoyed the crap out of you? What do you do when they’re redesigned? Do you insist on matching covers? Let me know in the comments!
Why change? Everyone has his own style.
When you have found it, you should stick to it. Audrey Hepburn