Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My Cover Opinion

Thanks so much to ALL of you who commented on the Cover post yesterday! I loved all of your insights. I think it is very interesting that it was almost an even split!

I agree that the covers convey completely different things so it is very interesting that they are all covers for the same book! And I can see how each of them relates to the story.

Now, my reaction to each.

When I was first hearing about this book it was with the original cover. I thought it was really cute and made me think of a young ballerina, a piano player and something captured under glass. I was excited about it and thought it would be just a nice cute read with lots of romance and magical element -- seemed right up my ally!

I also like the fact that it is a graphic and not a live model. I like a lot of live models, but I see so much of them lately, that having a book that sounded good to me not have a photograph cover was something I enjoyed.

Then I requested the book and got the ARC with this cover! I loved it to be honest. I loved that the item under the glass dome was distorted from view. I thought the model was gorgeous and her torso was beyond extremely long. This cover really made me want to read this book.

It reminded me of the covers for A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray, which the cover was the first thing that caught my eye. I was even more excited about the story.

Then I saw this cover after I started reading it and has nothing to do with the title of the book, which I assume will be a big part of the story. The model looks more like Nimira the main character, yes, so I could see why they changed it, but I was still a bit disappointed.

However, when I finished reading the book I LOVED this cover the most! It truly shows more of the story than even the title (which honestly is only very loosly related to the story in my opinion.) This cover with the key is fabulous.

So, there you have it. An interesting commentary on covers, what they portray who they attract and even a bit on titles (which could be a post all on it's own).


Anonymous said...

Funny enough, the first two covers don't appeal to me at all. The first one makes it seem too MG for me (I've loved a few MG books, likes Holes, but usually stick to YA) and the second one, with the corset feels too overdone. I'm very tired of models wearing corsets. The third one feels fresh and I'm glad to know that the model resembles the character! That makes me want to read it because there's something intriguing about that model holding the key.

Thanks for the cover analysis!