Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Books and a Beat‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
So today’s topic is: Mid-Series Cover Changes (rant)!
Okay, so I don’t mind cover changes, usually when it’s from hardcover to paperback, but I truly don’t understand what the publishers are thinking to change cover styles in the middle of the series!
Maybe it’s done to fit in with the latest craze of covers, but gosh dang it, it really hurts when my book collection doesn’t match. I’m not sure if they understand the pain that is when your series doesn’t match!
As you might have noticed, right now in the YA world, it’s pretty popular to have the “girl staring at you all kickass” cover, which I mean, that’s cool, I love a kickass heroine as much as the next, but pleeeease, couldn’t you save those for the paperback versions?
Two recently examples are The Dark Days Club and Rebel of the Sands:
I own the first books, and I’m really debating picking up the second in hardcover because what uuugh, no matchy. And more than them not matching, but serious disappointment that they went from these gorgeous covers that were detailed and unique to basically ever other YA book on the market right now. I’ll still read the books, but yes, a cover change is enough for me to consider not buying it.
(The UK version of Traitor to the Throne matches the original cover series, buuuut it’s a paperback….which mixing hardcover/paperback is a totally separate thing we won’t get into a the moment, ha)
If you guys remember, there was a pretty big debacle with The Winner’s Trilogy when the The Winner’s Kiss was being released.
There was going to be a change in the cover style of the last book and oh people were not happy. Instead of a beautiful matching set with the gorgeous dresses, they were going to do the “Badass girl” cover (which I can only assume was due to the super success of the Throne of Glass series…which we’ll also get into to later).
There was quite a bit of backlash of I remember correctly, and I’m glad that they listened to the readers, because we the readers are usually also the consumers. And maybe the cover change can draw in some new attention but cheesing off a bunch of hardcore book readers who obsess about how their book series look is not a good plan.
Now, Throne of Glass series. I’m pretty sure it set the trend for the “Badass girl” covers. Which ironically, it too, had a cover change, though quite early in the series (thankfully).
I’ll admit, I like the cover change, it’s got a little more pazazz than just “close up of girl’s face”. But again, I own the whole series up to date, and my copy of Throne of Glass is the original cover, which sadly doesn’t match the rest of the series, but I’m too cheap to buy another copy of a book I own (I think that’s fair right?).
Anyway, the point of all of this is: I don’t like when they change covers in the middle of the series.
So do you also hate cover changes mid-series? Or you don’t mind too much?
Does it affect whether you buy the complete series or not?
What are some of your favourite or least favourite cover changes?
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