I love it when there’s an emphasis on elaborate, fun, and gorgeous typography. This is probably one of my favorite trends ever because I’m obsessed with fonts. I get really excited when I see fonts that I recognize or I discover new fonts that I want for my own.
Sometimes covers can be quite beautiful, but they just don’t work for me as well as they should because the model on the cover doesn’t match the description of the main character. It’s certainly possible that the model is meant to represent someone else, but it’s also quite likely that they just liked the model, whether she (or he) matched the description or not.
With these two, I’m not quite sure – I’m pretty sure the main character of Everything Leads to You is a brunette, but there wasn’t an emphasis on her appearance, so I’m not sure; and the model on The Probabilty of Miracles could certainly match the main character in her pre-chemo days, but during the story, the MC starts with no hair and probably only has a little by the end of the book.
I love reading about romance and such in books, but it’s so much cooler and inspiring to read about best friends, especially when there are so many YA books full of girls who hate on other girls or only care about their love interests. It doesn’t matter if the cover is slightly generic, seeing best friends on them can elevate the cover, at least for me. And, if the cover is already great, then it’s basically a new favorite cover for me!
Even though I like romance in books, I don’t really need to see it on my covers. I don’t want to be reading a book with a kissing couple on the front in public because most people are going to assume that it’s shallow and girly even though that’s a completely wrong assumption and there’s nothing wrong with romance in the first place. I know, I know, I shouldn’t care that much about what people think, but sometimes I do anyway!
COLORS! Colorful and fun and eye-catching covers are always a great thing in my book! Throw in colorful + beautiful typography and you’ve basically got a perfect cover for me!
Wow, a lot of blues – obviously another way to my cover-loving heart…
There’s nothing wrong with covers that are gender neutral from the start, but it really frustrates me when a cover gets redesigned because boys are apparently allergic to covers that are a little more feminine. If we teach boys that they can only read a book if it has a masculine cover, then we simply create a cruel cycle where the genders will never get the chance to be equal and boys miss out on great stories simply because of cover images.
I don’t have an image of the redesigned Across the Universe (because I like the old one much better and certainly don’t want to save a cover that I don’t like), but it’s definitely applicable.
This is a bit of a shallow reason, but I love it when I look at a cover and say “I want her shoes” or “that’s an adorable outfit” or “how can I get my hair like that,” so any covers that inspire that kind of reaction is great in my book!
I don’t mind the clichéd girl-in-a-pretty-dress or close up face as long as they’re different and kind of stand out. Unfortunately, especially in the case of the face, they are boring and don’t have beautiful typography or colors or whatever to help them stand out.
Matching books in a series are pretty much a given (which is why redesigns are so frustrating), but I really love it when companion books match. For instance, Miranda Kenneally’s first four books all take place in the same town and often have characters that show up in the background of other stories, so it’s cool that they all match.
The redesigns of all of Judy Blume’s and Sarah Dessen’s books match as well, which I like since I’ve recently started reading them and therefore aren’t that attached to the old covers.
I don’t have any examples for this because I don’t think I’ve read any books that have the same image, but I’ve seen it plenty. If you want to see some compiled, check out some of A Reader of Fiction‘s Cover Snarks. Anyway, it’s frustrating when publishers can’t bother finding a stock image that hasn’t been used before or, even better, using a picture of their own. It feels less professional when you see a cover that you’ve already seen before with a different title and some adjustments.