Why Are These Teen Fiction Book Covers So Popular? Pt. 1
Why are these teen fiction book covers so popular?
They always say ‘never judge a book by its cover.’ But guess what? Sometimes you need a great cover to sell your book, especially if you’re going through the self publishing route.
I thought I’d pick the top 10 book covers of 2012 according to goodreads and, over the course of 3 posts, dissect them and figure out if there are any noticeable patterns. Let’s get started.
Colours: Bright and glittery
Typography: Simple text with embellishment in white.
Summary: A simple headshot of a girl in her teen with interesting makeup looking impassively at the reader. The typography is clean with background embellishment.
City of Lost Souls
Focus: Handsome man and beautiful girl in a romantic embrace.
Colours: Dark colours with the exception of the main girl, who steals the cover with crimson outfit and hair.
Typography: Gothic with a bit of bleeding on some edges. White colour.
Background: Dark clouds and a bridge. The two subjects superimposed atop, almost god-like.
Summary: A beautiful couple cast against a gothic background with a typography to match.
Focus: What looks to be female hands.
Colours: Dark purple contrasted with a light blue. Dark tones overall.
Typography: Clear and simple bold font in white.
Summary: Simple cover with hands manipulating good contrasting colours creating a magic effect. The typography is bold, prevalent, and white.
Focus: A woman in an elegant white dress and jet black hair . Has her back turned to the reader.
Colours: Dark greys, white, and black prevalent.
Typography: Fancy typography with a bit of a gothic style. It’s white.
Background: Looks to be a cliffside.
Summary: An image of a young? woman walking away from the reader, headed into an area beyond the cliffs. A lot of mystery to this cover. The typography is a white angelic/gothic twist.
Focus: A beautiful woman in a white dress walking away from a bare chested teenage romeo. No attention paid to the reader.
Colours: Black, white, and grey.
Typography: All in lower case and a fancy calligraphy with flares at the ends of the letters. White colour.
Background: Looks to be cliffside, with crashing waves against the rocks.
Summary: A beautiful couple interacting without any reader focus. Simple black and white colours and a bold, white, lower-case typography that is stylized with flares.
Make sure to check back soon for part 2 of analyzing teen fiction book covers.