Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I have a pretty defined and specific set of preferences when it comes to my favourite kind of book covers. And so I made a list!
Book Cover Preferences:
1. Relatively simple. I prefer covers that don't have a whole bunch of different elements going on to draw the eye (with perhaps the exception of detailed illustrated Middle Grade covers). Less is more, I say!
2. Informative. I prefer covers that - even while simplistic - give a general idea or tone of what the book is all about. Covers only featuring a girl in a pretty dress are pretty, definitely, but don't tell me a whole lot about what to expect.
3. No Faces. I tend to dislike seeing faces of real life people (illustrated faces are fine) on my covers. I want to be able to make up my own picture of what a character is supposed to look like and not have it be influenced by any other source.
4. Illustrated. I love illustrated covers, especially in Middle Grade reads. Liesl & Po, the redesigned Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone cover, and Iron Hearted Violet are just a few examples of beautifully animated MG covers.
5. Fonts fonts fonts. I LOVE unique and interesting typography. Why would you go the boring route and use a common, generic font when you could design a font that is specific to the book?
6. Reversibility. Reversible covers are just cool (Example: Across the Universe).