Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Cover Trends

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week bloggers will be listing Ten Book Cover Trends (or just elements of covers) I Like/Dislike {can stick to one or the other or both!}. Since I can’t pinpoint exactly what kind of covers I like, I thought I’d highlight some I don’t and others I just see too much of. I could only come up with eight.

Eight Book Cover Trends I Dislike:

1. The book cover does not match the character’s description (the protagonist is blonde)

2. Duplicate covers

3. Book covers with the movie posters

4. Book covers in a series that do not match

5. The toe-to-toe pose

6. The almost-kiss pose

7. The I’m-walking-away-in-a-pretty-dress-and-oh-I-must-look-over-my-shoulder pose

8. The fact that most covers feature white characters. The problem has more to do with the lack of non-white protagonists in fiction which is probably a topic for another time, but there is also the problem of whitewashing . Here’s a link to a post written a few years ago on the issue. There were only a couple of book covers with non-white characters I could find that correctly represent the protagonists in the story.

What book trends do you like/dislike?

30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Cover Trends

  1. Haha, movie covers are the worst. I want the book cover, not the cover with the actors on it. And I need covers to match too! Otherwise it looks so wrong on your bookshelf.


  2. Omg, I’m-walking-away-in-a-pretty-dress-and-oh-I-must-look-over-my-shoulder pose- legit best and truest thing I have ever read. I do like covers with that on it, even though I am tired of seeing it, I still think they’re pretty.


  3. I hate it when I find the same picture used for a cover. (Like I found the picture they used for the book Entwined with a girl in a white dress and a castle in the background.) I think it cheapens the quality of the cover if I can just find the picture online.
    I love the trends you pointed out. I totally forgot about different covers for books in the same series. Ugh. I hate that. So much. (Tis why I haven’t bought Sarah Dessen’s new books.)
    Thanks for sharing!


  4. Oh wow, unmatching series would destroy me, was it a cover change or do they just not match?? I don’t think I’ve seen any duplicate covers that are that obvious (that I can think of) but your first point really bugs me – when images don’t match protagonists. The designer could at least ask the author for a description if they don’t want to, or haven’t time to, read that part of the book!

    R x


  5. You make some excellent points I wouldn’t have thought of here. I definitely don’t dig multiple same covers. I’m not super bugged by non-matching in a series, but it is kind of annoying. And I never thought about the “almost kiss” pose, but you’re totally right! Good call!:D
    My TTT Post


  6. I’m definitely not a fan of the almost-kiss. It’s just awkward! And I didn’t realise how many girls in the flowing dresses actually look over their shoulder. So dramatic. x) Haha!


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