December 29, 2013

Sunday Spiel: Cover Redesigns


Hey guys! Happy holidays. Today I'm going to talk about something that is a bit of a bookish pet peeve for me.

Before I get into this, I'd just like to say these are my opinions. I am in no way saying that you should have these opinions or that mine are correct. This is simply a post open to discussion, and you're free to share your opinions as well. :) I love hearing them!

As you can tell by the title, today I'm going to be talking about cover redesigns. I have seriously mixed feelings about this. There are cover redesigns that I love, and cover redesigns that I hate. I'm going to give you guys some examples in a minute, but for now I'd just like to talk about them.


Part of me wishes they could just get the cover right the first time, but I know that's not always possible. Still, there has to be a way to tell if it's going to appeal to readers. I will say, I totally judge a book by its cover. I can't help it. Even if a book is terrible, I'll probably buy it if it has a good cover just so I can drool over it. Then again, if a cover really is terrible, by all means change it! 


Here are some cover redesigns that I either like or dislike...




I loved the first cover. It was so different and unique. Needless to say, I just got this book for Christmas and I'm happy I received the original.



I love the new cover! It's so much better. There's something about the first cover that I just don't like.



Definitely the first cover.



*cringes* I adored the first cover! It's so cool. But the new one is too...modern. It sort of looks like they're trying too hard.

What about you? Any thoughts on cover redesigns? Are there any recent ones you really like?

P.S. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who is reading and following so far. I didn't think Spun With Words would get all that many followers, so whether you're following on GFC, Bloglovin', RSS, or Twitter thank you so, so much. I wouldn't have the motivation to continue blogging if it weren't for you guys!

13 comments:

  1. Totally agree with all your opinions! The one redo that comes to mind that was a vast improvement (to me at least) was Throne of Glass - the first cover looks like a Disney princess, not bad ass at all, and I hated it!

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    1. I've seen both covers and definitely like the second better. I haven't read that book yet but I've heard about it!

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  2. I'm definitely the type of person to judge a book by its cover. If I think I'd feel embarrassed to show the cover to a stranger or friend, I'm less likely to pick that book up to read. I can't think of any cover redesigns that I like - I'm sure there are - but I definitely agree with you on The Diviners redesign. I just don't understand why they would change such perfection. :c

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    1. Same here! And I don't get The Diviner's redesign, either. :/

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  3. This is an awesome idea! I get SO confused when covers are changed (particularly from country to country). Being in Australia, I usually get UK covers. Um, *cough* US covers are usually better. XD That original Twisted cover is really not cool. I'm with you on all of them, except the last one. I like the crisp/minimalistic new look. ;) Awesome post! And CONGRATS on your blog doing so well! You deserve it! :)

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    1. I get confused too! It's always interesting seeing covers from other countries, though. That's probably a whole new discussion. :)

      Thank you so much!

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  4. I think all of them look a heck of a lot better in the second design. But, I don't like when they redesign stuff,I feel like I have the old version and NEED the new version or something:(
    - Annie

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    1. I feel the same way! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. So true it makes me mad especially recently I notice books will be in hardcover and have one cover and then change when it comes out in paperback and then the rest of the series also changes. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer did that, Crewel by Gennifer Albin, and even Lola and the Boy Next Door. What's wrong with the first cover? I am kind of ticked about the Throne of Glass changing all the covers even though I do like the new cover it doesn't match.

    Not sure what the issue with that is.

    Congrats on all the followers!!!

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    1. Yes, I completely agree! That drives me crazy.

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

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  6. I totally agree with you! There are some cover designs that I LOVE, and then there are some where I'm genuinely curious what the designers were thinking (The Diviners, for one). I know the Anna/Lola redesigns were a big thing for me because I originally refused to read those books because of their covers. I thought they were ridiculous and childish. I've yet to read Lola, but I did really enjoy Anna. They redesigned I think almost all of Ellen Hopkins' covers, and as someone who grew up on her books, I cannot stand them. It's so difficult, because I know a lot of the design revolves around marketing and trends, but sometimes I just wish they kept them the same.

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    1. I'm really excited to read them! I do like the redesigns as well. And I haven't read any of Ellen Hopkins' books but I've heard so much about them!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I definitely agree about the Anna and the French Kiss redesign. The first cover was so good, but I love the new one. And I'm so mad that they redesigned The Diviners cover. I LOVED the first design and hate that they're redoing them over again. There are also definitely some series that need completely new designs that haven't been redone yet...like Vampire Academy and Delirium.

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