THE COVER GAMES is a feature here at the twirling pages! i’ll be discussing: miraculous cover changes, battles between the US cover/UK cover, heart-eye-emoji covers, and well all things book cover related!
(SHAMELESS FACT: i will judge a book based on its cover and i’m a total cover snob.)
if you’re active on bookTwitter or booklr (bookTumblr), you would know that people (including myself) were internally exploding yesterday morning/afternoon. why, you may ask? well, macmillan decided to announce some special news for THE WINNER’S TRILOGY. it was exciting for me since i love the first two books and the third/last is coming out soon. the company’s also been fairly quiet about this series, which i find strange (no ARCs, that i know of, and no crazy social media promo); afterall, the release for the last book is coming in a few months and the first two books were wildly popular. i dunno, i guess i was expecting more.
ANYWAY, an excerpt was released but that’s not what everyone was buzzing about. macmillan decided to change the entire series covers. you know, that would’ve been fine if it weren’t, you know, THE LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES. i don’t understand why they did this since they’d already had a perfectly fine cover released months ago. *exhales deeply* to say i’m “disappointed” is an extremely strong understatement. when is ever alright to change the cover mid-series? NEVER.
this is how i felt and currently feel and will continue to feel for the history of ever:
let’s inspect the damage. before vs. after.
i’m going to be honest here and say that the new cover aren’t all that bad. i’d think they’re fine if the original covers didn’t exist. if these were the new paperback versions, that’d be perfectly fine as well. however, i like the original covers SO MUCH MORE. i bought and read THE WINNER’S CURSE because of its cover. i saw it, and thought, “WOW I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.” i don’t feel that with these new ones. and quite frankly, i find that the taglines are tacky. “some kisses come at a PRICE.” really?? REALLY??? *eye roll*
however, the worst thing is that they’re deciding to change it MID-SERIES. it may seem petty to you, but to me, that’s the difference between buying the book and borrowing it. i buy (physical) books based on their covers and overall aesthetic. if i don’t like the cover but want the content, i’d get the EBOOK so i don’t need to see it every time i go through my shelf. a cover, for me, is the difference between buying the book and not buying the book. that’s very important to the publishing company and the author, so this change is truly unfortunate for both sides of the case.
how does this reeeeeaally make us, readers, feel? (some of my favorite tweets from yesterday, as they sum up my thoughts pretty well.)
— Aila (@aila_1woaa) December 11, 2015
How to make cover changes: Keep hardcovers matching, repackage with the paperbacks. Readers who get hardcovers are PASSIONATE about matchy.
— Jodi Meadows (@jodimeadows) December 11, 2015
why do u change the cover on the last book :’)
— JINGLE JESS ♡ (@PrincessicaOB) December 11, 2015
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN PERSONALLY VICTIMIZED BY A COVER REDESIGN
— Gillian Merry (@mizgillianberry) December 11, 2015
here’s more about the covers that maaaaay get you a bit annoyed:
- macmillan said they weren’t going to use the dress photos because kestrel, the main character, didn’t look “badass” enough. (tweet from macmillan was deleted so here’s a screenshot)
- here’s a rant relating to that
- the new covers also seem to be… not very original.
- that is all i guess
info about the books:
i want to point out that these are my personal opinions and i don’t mean to offend anyone. i think marie rutkoski’s work is fantastic and i will continue to read these books despite the cover change. i simply think the publishers made the wrong choice in changing them at this time. (seriously, ONE MORE BOOK LEFT.) anyway, what were your thoughts on the change?