Why Are These Teen Fiction Book Covers So Popular? Pt 3.
So over the past two posts, I analyzed several teen fiction book covers. Are there any noticeable trends?
Let’s take a look at the results shall we?
80% of the covers had a beautiful woman as one of the main focuses.
20% of them had a woman’s arms or hands.
20% had another male with them on the cover.
Of the 8 covers that did have a characters fully shown, 75% of them were caucasian while the other 25% were unknown.
Of the 8 covers that have characters fully shown, 50% of them acknowledge the reader in some way.
Of the 8 covers that have characters fully shown, 37.5% of them have red hair, 37.5 % of them have black hair, and 25% is undetermined. (Interesting, no blondes).
30% had the predominant colours of black, white, and grey.
30% had blue shades.
20% had colours associated with fire.
Aside from the colours on the subject matter itself, 100% focused on only 3 primary colours.
30% had clouds
20% of the covers had a fire theme.
20% of the covers had a black background (both the images of just hands).
20% involve a cliff
50% had a background associated with the title of their book.
80 % are simple texts with some form of embellishment on them
80 % of the letters are in solid white
10% have a tint of color with a white base
10 % orange
After analyzing the tope 10 covers from goodreads, what can we conclude?
- There is almost always a caucasian female model present in the cover.
- Most of the covers have only 3 primary colours used (excluding gradients and different shades of those colours).
- Half the time, there is an association between the background and the title of the book.
- The typography is almost always white in a simple font with some type of embellishment
Now keep in mind, the sample size I took is awfully small and these are covers ranked by the opinion of goodreads only. Whether there is a correlation between book covers and sales is an entirely different story altogether. However if you just want a general idea for your self-published book cover, then the 4 items listed in the conclusion would be a pretty good starting point.
So what does that mean for my book cover? Absolutely nothing. I tend not to follow trends and try to go against the grain. If you want to see the cover for my Dystopian/Urban Fantasy teen novel, then have a look over here:
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What are some of your favorite book covers thus far? Let’s hear it!