Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Covers I’d Like to Re-Design, and boy, do I have some thoughts on covers. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
1. Delirium Trilogy
So I know you can’t see me behind the computer screen, but trust me, ever time I see these covers I make a grumpy cat “NO” face, because really, there’s no excuse for this. Even the original Delirium cover is bland and boring, but at least it wasn’t another girl half-hidden with shrubbery. I just really dislike these cover and feel like no effort went into them at all(I know that’s probably not actually true, but the final product does not reflect that).
How would I re-design them? Basically, ANYTHING BUT THAT! But seriously, if Delirium is all about the government forbidding love, can’t we have a cover that symbolizes that? There’s nothing particularly telling about a girl wearing a necklace of flowers.
2. Smart Girls Get What They Want
So they DID re-design this book for the paperback, and I will say the overall design of the paperback is a lot more appealing, but I have to say I don’t really like either of these. The first one is so cliche and boring with the glasses, and I definitely prefer the title font for the second one. However, having read(and loved) this book, I just find the paperback cover so WRONG for the book. That is not an outfit that Gigi would wear, and it’s definitely not a pose she’d ever be in the book. It makes it look like a contemporary romance, and YES the book does have some wonderful romance, but it’s not just a contemporary YA. I still feel like this one’s missing something.
3. Pretty Girl-13
Can we please choose another font for the title? That’s all I’m asking, really. The image is fine. But the font for the title is the same one(or eerily similar) as the font a meat packaging company uses and my town, and I just can’t take it seriously when I see it on a book.
It’s not so much that this is a bad cover as much as I find it mis-leading. The cover makes me think it’s going to be Pretty Little Liars-esque, which isn’t the case at all.
5. The Testing
Sorry, but you’re never going to be able to convince me this cover isn’t very Hunger Games-ish. The ARC cover is by far even MORE like the Hunger Games(like seriously, put the ARC cover of this book & the hardback of The Hunger Games and it would be surprising if you DIDN’T get them confused). I’d just like something a little more original for this book.
6. Dangerous Girls
I haven’t read this one yet, but at first I wrote it off based on the cover alone. It’s just. . . cheesy with the flower and boring with all the sand. The international cover is much better–so it’s not so much I want to redesign this one as that I want the international cover to be the US one too.
7. Last Night I Sang to the Monster
I will say this cover is haunting and INCREDIBLY striking, but it just. . . Benjamin Alire Saenz gets one of my favorite covers of all times with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, so this one feels like a let-down. I know it was written first, but since Aristotle & Dante is the more famous work, it’s hard not to compare. For comparison purposes:
8. Nantucket Blue
I don’t like PDA in real life or on book covers, sorry. I do like the water in the background, so if only this one didn’t have the people in it, I think I’d be happy. Plus, while I didn’t really like this book, I don’t think the cover is really indicative of the story at all.
9. Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend
Real story: The first time I saw a small image of this cover, I seriously thought the girl on the cover was straightening her hair. I think it’s the way she’s holding her hand. Who holds a flower like that? So yeah, this cover has been an annoyance of mine for awhile.
10. The Trouble with Flirting
I really loved this modern day retelling of Mansfield Park, but man, what a nondescript cover. Like. . . it’s just so boring and cliche. Meh. Could be better.