Discussions & Confessions is a feature at Deadly Darlings where we share a discussion topic as well as a bookish confession.
What types of covers grab you the most? // What sort of things do you love to see in book covers?
I want to know what your criteria for judging a book cover is. Like, can you say it’s a gorgeous cover just based on the photo/editing/blending of images alone? Or do you judge them based on the cover fonts? Maybe both? Some people even judge entire book jackets, I think.
Or, what sort of covers do you like most? The ones with girls and dresses (don’t be shy–I love those as well), faces, or maybe just typography?
I am freaking obsessed with stalking graphic designers, whether it be for covers or web design. Today, I would like to share some of my favorite cover styles!
The first one is the “less is more” category, or simple covers. These are usually just plain or simple backgrounds with some cute typography thrown in. And of course, the colors have to match the rest of the cover and fit the theme of the novels properly. Some examples are Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas, This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
There are also some covers with just wonderful concepts! For example, Matched by Ally Condie has a girl coming out of a gorgeous orb. It fits the story, in a way, and is really eye-catching. Sublime by Christina Lauren has a GORGEOUS cover with a man reaching out to a ghost, and as you can see, his arm is turning rather ghostly as well. The Archived by Victoria Schwab has an eerie feel to the cover, with the dark colors, a pretty key and the fog forming a girl’s face.
Let’s admit it: we all love those pastel and girly covers. They just look so light and happy that you want to pick them up for a few laughs and smiles, right? I especially love the pastel ones–I have a thing for light/fading colors. A few examples are The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz, The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (it’s soooo purrty) and The Art of Lainey by Paula Strokes.
What are some of your favorite covers? Or how do you judge covers? Maybe you’d like to share some stuff you’ve made–that would be great!