Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Top Ten Tuesday

TTT is by The Broke and the Bookish. Given our Cover Wars feature, I don’t think I should limit this list to ten …

Yash

Funny how YA books by men (even if they are primarily romance) get better covers. *ahem* Basically, I want MG-style illustrated covers for all my YA faves. I have, mercifully, only listed the five off the top of my head.

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: It recently got a new cover, which is only marginally better IMO. I would really just love for Cassandra Jean to work her magic. Maybe in the style that she uses for her incredible Dragon Age Inquisition art.
  2. Fire by Kristin Cashore: It’s not a bad cover, but it’s not the best. I mean, everyone knows Lady Fire is meant to be dark-skinned but the cover makes her skin shine instead. If I could have someone redesign this cover, I think I would choose Claire Hummel who did the historical princesses series and the Indian/Steampunk image I so love.
  3. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan: Well, clearly I favour Ari North’s art– I’ve put her fanart in so many of my posts– but I’d also love to see Victo Ngai illustrate Kami Glass and Sorry in the Vale. I think I would weep quite openly if either one actually got to illustrate the cover for Unspoken.
  4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: Who … even … thought … I … gah. *ahem* Anyway, Morgana Wallace does these incredible paper collage illustrations. I’d love for her to do the cover of this one. Or any book on my list for that matter.
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I don’t like this one and I only like the other one by a fraction. I’d pick Simini Blocker obviously for this one. No other person.

Nafiza

(I like the cover for A Great and Terrible Beauty!) 

Here are my picks!

  1. Emergent by Rachel Cohn
    No matter what anyone else says, I really like the original covers of this series or the cover on the first book. This one however is just hideous. So hideous, in fact, that I lost all desire to read this book. I don’t want to look at the silver scantily clad people and that sinister figure on top of a hill. It just turns my stomach so yes, this would get redesigned.
  2. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
    We’ve all spoken at length about how disappointing this cover is.
  3. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
    The book is lovely. One of my favourites of 2014 in fact. The cover is most assuredly not.
  4. Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore
    I enjoyed this book a lot. The cover to another edition is lovely. This one, while more accurately portraying the character, is one step away from the hideousness of Emergent. 
  5. The MadMan’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
    There is so much potential in a story that is based on The Island of Dr. Moreau and this is the cover they come up with. Feh.

Janet

I will mention only two. These two have annoyed me for years.

Item one: Howl’s Moving Castle. I have seen over a dozen covers for Howl’s Moving Castle, and none of them are worthy of the book. (Just my DWJ-mad opinion. But I’m right.) Many of Diana Wynne Jones’s books have suffered from awful covers, although fortunately this is a generalization and not the rule. Thank goodness for fanart!

 

Item two: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. The first cover isn’t so bad, and the second at least incorporates the wonderful illustrations that are in the book, but why oh why would anyone create – accept – publish – the latter two? The third cover belongs on a cheesy pre-teen “historical” romance novel, the sort with a vapid, decorative heroine who feels instead of thinks. The fourth, well… whoever threw that together had obviously not been allowed to actually read the book.

  • Eleanor and Park is such a fantastic YA story. You are right about the cover, it doesn’t do anything for the book/story.

  • Great post! 🙂 To be honest, I would redesign too maaany covers… Sometimes I don’t understand what publishers are thinking!

    • Yash

      Sometimes I don’t think publishers actually know what they are trying to sell. Which is such a shame- they probably lose out on a lot of buyers/readers because of this.

  • I love the cover for A Great and Terrible Beauty, but I can see how it doesn’t quite offer that sense of magic inside the pages.

    Most of the others…, yeah they could use some work.

    • Yash

      It has so much magic and whimsy and girls’ boarding school drama … the cover gave us a girl’s back? I mean … *exasperated huffy noises* *goes off to drink calming tea* (But yeah, it’s not as bad as the rest. Actually, it’s quite easy on the eyes.)

  • It is very true that the cover for The City of Bones was badly designed – the half naked man covered in Marks just made me cringe a little.

    • Yash

      Yeah. I think the new one is better because it features the model fully clothed and armed … it feels a bit more like Jace. (But I don’t get why it’s Jace on the cover at all when Clary is the star? *sigh*)

  • KA

    What’s wrong with the cover for The Goblin Emperor? I quite like it.

  • all these covers pain my heart!

  • I completely agree! Some books don’t match there cover at all! There should be more thought put into the cover of a book.

  • I don’t even like the new City of Bones cover! It is such a cool book that has the potential to have an awesome cover but it’s just meh. So annoying. I don’t like the Eleanor & Park cover you have pictured, but I do like other one it has 🙂

  • I LOVE the art that you linked to Yash! And I haven’t seen any of those artists before (and I lurrrrve fanart when I get all obsessive about a series and look at all the art). I particularly love Victo Ngai’s stuff though *drools*

    • Yash

      Haha! I do the same! It’s a great way to stop your heart aching from the end of a book or a series. 🙂

      I’m so glad you like the artists I’ve linked to. And yes, Ngai’s art is so awesome! *starry eyes*

  • Totally agree! The City of Bones cover fails to portray the wonderfulness of the story.

    • Yash

      Yup! I almost prefer some fanmade covers!