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I love Young Adult fiction. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I may not fit the correct age bracket for the group but I’m not alone in my readings.
What I sometimes have a problem with, however, are the covers that grace YA novels. There seems to be a formula that works in the genre – pretty girl, lovely background. Occasionally, only the pretty girl makes it onto the cover.
But it’s sometimes annoying or aggravating that there isn’t more variety within the genre. I realize that it appeals to the younger audience in a way but I’m always waffling between liking them and hating them. The major problem for me is that I enjoy picturing the main characters in my head. I love being able to piece together the scattered details given (the eye color, the build, the hairstyle) and visualizing this amazing character in my head.
As an example, I’ll put up a few covers that I’ve seen recently (or remember). Keep in mind – I really love some of these covers. I think they are a beautiful representation of the words that are found within. Others, I could do without. In either case, the similarities between them are somewhat eerie and potentially lacking of creativity.
Of course, not all YA covers are similar but it must say something that the ones I did remember off the top of my head were ones that looked alike. So what does this mean? Is it more bothersome to have covers focused on the same details or should there be more differences to break free from the rest of the pack?
I realize that it’s not always the author who chooses their covers. Yes, he or she or they can say they may not like something but, in the end, a big portion of a book cover is whether or not it has selling capabilities. Unfortunately for those who enjoy the creativeness of covers, these covers – the single female focus – are the most popular in the bookstores. I don’t know if I agree with every title showcasing the same thing – only because I feel like even the slightest variation has the ability to stand out.
An example of this would probably be Ally Condie’s MATCHED series.
Even though a girl is still features, I personally don’t find her to be the main focus. My eyes are instead drawn to the fact that she’s in a bubble. I haven’t read the series yet though I have MATCHED on my ‘to-read’ list, so I can’t say for certain whether or not the cover matches the plot but I find these covers more interesting than some other ones that are on the shelves of bookstores right now.
What do you think? Do you think the slew of similar covers helps bind all the different novels in a genre? Are you sick of seeing the same thing over and over and over again?
Tell me your thoughts… Or tell me to shut up and just read.
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