Top Twelve Cover Redesigns I Prefer

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I love staring at my books, pretty covers only enhances that experience. There are certain elements in book covers I love; illustrations, beautiful typography and there are those I hate; close up of face, white washed covers, random girl in pretty dress that has nothing to do with the book. There are so many covers where I’d love a redesign but I narrowed it down to the six I always come across that bother me. Since I can’t resist a bit of eye candy I also included six covers in which I prefer other designs/editions.

Top Ten Covers I Wish I could Redesign

1. Starters by Lissa Price: I don’t particularly like faces on my covers much less when it’s so startlingly white and eerie.
2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: SO CHEESY LOOKING, I would much prefer an illustrated cover or something symbolic. Not some damn face.
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card : I’d just prefer something more modern and sleek.
4. Secret by Brigid Kemmerer : While I don’t have much love for the covers in this series I would prefer if Nick and maybe his lovah was on it. What’s with the too tight, plastered on jersey? Man Boobs.
5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi : I’ve always disliked the paperback version, while I do like the background, the poses look so stiff and the shading makes them look plastic. It also feels like its going to turn into hentai at some point.
6. Orgin by Jennifer L. Armentrout : This cover makes me feel so embarrassed to read this in public, not only is it corny, it is so badly photoshopped. It just doesn’t do the series justice.

Top Six Cover Redesigns I Prefer

7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov : I’m in love with the Penguin Essentials cover, I love the font, the illustrations and the symbolism.
8. 1984 by George Orwell : The entire cover, front to back, is beautiful. Gorgeous, bold typography.
9. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde : I’ll admit, all the covers are cool but this edition is so interesting and I love the minimal streams of colour.
10. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan : I don’t know why they did a redesign and chose a random girl on the cover. The illustrated one was far more magical and pretty.
11. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson : The artwork of the hardcovers are so gorgeous, the colours and detail always leave me pining for these editions.
12. The Diviners by Libba Bray : The original cover was so iconic and memorable and now its not. It’s just bland and meh.

11 thoughts on “Top Twelve Cover Redesigns I Prefer”

  1. Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)

    I like the original Diviners cover too. The new ones are just bad. That Starters cover is just too much for me. Like it’s creepy, but just TOO white. That Lux guy is bad too. A lot of the Lux covers aren’t my favorite. Cool list!

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  2. Nadine

    Oh I like the section in which you show the redesigns you prefer (although the new The Diviners cover is among my “to be redesigned” ones ;-). I find it boring and not fitting the mood tof the book, which is a mix of colourful 20s and creepy darkness to me.
    I like the spooning pose of Under the NEver sky but it is so weirdly done, don’t like the art at all! I should have taken that one into my list as well!!

  3. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

    Nice! I totally agree about The Diviners — the new version is really not good. I actually like the “classic” 1984 with just the eye, but the other one is pretty eye-catching too. The 2nd Unspoken is really such an improvement. Great job this week — I had a hard time with this topic!

  4. Mary H

    It’s funny how everyone love Vampire Academy, but we’re not in love with the covers. Great list! I love how you split it into two groups.

    TTT @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

  5. Reviews From A Bookworm

    Some great picks! Love that you picked redesigns you actually preferred, sometimes they are a lot better. VA made my list too, really boring cover and the model reminds me of Angelina Jolie when she was younger. My TTT.

  6. Cee

    Secret by Brigid Kemmerer will forever make me laugh because of how bad it is. The guy’s upper body freaks me out. (I’m glad you pointed about the man boobs part. ;D)

    I was incredibly mad when Unspoken and The Diviners were redesigned. I loved the original covers because it was gorgeous and unique. Now, they’re pretty blah. I am annoyed that we don’t have similar covers for the second books in both series. I want the hardcovers to match. That saddens me. :(

    • Isa

      LOL yes that cover makes me feel self conscious to read Secret in public. I was tempted so many times to purchase Unspoken because of the cover, now I don’t have much desire to. In a way it saves me from adding to my toppling TBR. A moment of silence is needed for all the mismatched covers due to redesigns. *sigh*

  7. Doris

    Vampire Academy is popular today but it does need a redesign!

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  8. Cayce

    Haha, I actualy really like the original cover of Starters. Though the main character looks nothing like the girl on the cover. (Which really disappointed me)
    Vampire Academy – yes, Angelina Jolie has to go.
    Secret by Brigid Kemmerer – I’m pretty sure this is going to be the story of Nick and some guy so I’m really not getting this cover…
    “It also feels like its going to turn into hentai at some point.” OH YES, it gives off such a strong hentai vibe. It’s such a weird choice for a YA cover.

    Oh, I love the new Lolita cover too. And both Shades of Grey covers are fantastic, imo.

    • Isa

      The Starters cover freaks me out, the girl is so expressionless and it makes me feel like I’m being stared at! Shades of Grey has got some beautiful covers but this one is my favourite edition.

  9. Bianca

    Think everyone wants to redesign VA. Love the books though.

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