The topic of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Book Cover Trends I Like and/or Dislike.
There’s really only one trend that has my attention right now, but I loooove it.
Specifically, covers where text is the primary, or only, element.
I’m a bit of a typography junkie, and I love to see publishers and designers being creative with their typefaces and the composition and layering of text. There’s a million different things you can do with text, and it can convey lots of different moods or styles.
But there are plenty of cover elements out there that I can do without. Not quite nine, so I’m kind of cheating with this list, but here’s some cover elements I’m sick of.
1. Look, look, look how big my name is!
I get it. You’re big time, and probably have a half dozen ghostwriters on the payroll.
2. Foot Fetish
I am so, so sick of feet. There is only one shoe cover that is ever going to work, and that is:
3. Women at the Beach
Chilling under umbrellas, wearing vintage looking swimwear, being generally Chick Lit-y. You just know it’s going to be all about middle age and divorce and body issues.
4. Holy Eyeballs, Batman!
OK, so for this one I actually have a thing. I have a giant phobia of eyeballs, enough so that when I saw the cover of Karen Russell’s new novella (which nothing in the world could induce me to look up and post here), I actually screamed. Out loud. At work. These aren’t as bad, even kind of pretty, but at the same time they gross me out. I definitely won’t ever be picking up any eyeball books, I can assure you.
What do love about covers? What do you hate? Any trends I’m missing?