Book Fashion

This post is for the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain. The theme for this month is:

“Let’s face it; we all judge books by their covers. What kind of covers grab you? Why? Be sure to use examples of your favorite book covers.”

I’ve always preferred illustrated covers to the stock photo covers that have been particularly common lately. While these photo covers usually look about the same–an attractive girl looking dramatic, tragic, or both, at least in the YA realm–illustrated covers leave lots of room for individuality, and tend to express more about the story.

I’m very partial to books that are intricately designed throughout, such as Tonya Hurley’s Ghostgirl series. If books were people, Ghostgirl would be dark and glamorous, with lyrics displayed on her shirt or scrawled on her arm. I wish I could show you the inside of the book in a high quality manner, because the cover alone doesn’t do it justice. Rest assured that is a truly lovely volume.

I love the stylized, illustrated versions of the covers of the Books of Bayern series by Shannon Hale. They show the the fairy tale inspiration of these stories with their hint of whimsy, and also don’t reveal much about the characters’ appearances, leaving the imagination plenty of room to roam.

Overall, I have quite a weakness for shiny, hardback books with illustrated covers. A book’s outward appearance does certainly affect the way I judge it prior to reading, but usually it’s a book’s summary and what I’ve heard about it that decides whether or not I pick it up.

Want to follow our blog tour? Here are the participating parties, day by day

June 8––hazelwrites

June 9––A Farewell To Sanity

June 10––This Page Intentionally Left Blank

June 11––The Zebra Clan

June 12––You Didn’t Really Need To Know This…

June 13––Dragons, Unicorns, and Other Random Things

June 14––Comfy Sweaters, Writing, and Fish

June 15––Kirsten Writes!

June 16––Lily’s Notes in the Margins

June 17––Inklined

June 18––Reality Is Imaginary

June 19––Tangential Bemusings

June 20––Musings From Neville’s Navel

June 21––All I Need Is A Keyboard

June 22––The Incessant Droning Of A Bored Writer

June 23––Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)



11 responses to “Book Fashion

  1. Good post! I haven’t actually seen any of the covers you featured before, but I agree with you about the stereotypical YA covers.

  2. Nice post! Agreed on the Books of Bayern covers.

  3. It’s funny, although hardback covers are often nice, I’m always drawn to paperback books – I think it’s because I know that (a) they’re cheaper, (b) they’re lighter and (c) they take up less room on my overfull shelves 😀

  4. I really love that Ghostgirl cover. I’m shallow and I usually like those YA stock covers (as long as they’re made interesting), though, but the ones you put here are good–I’m surprised that I like them. 🙂 Nice post, as always! (I read your story and will crit it tomorrow.)

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