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Last week I talked about what I think makes for a good cover, today I will talk about my personal opinion of what I like to see on a cover.
What I like to see on covers
Now we’re going to talk more about my personal likes for covers. These are things I like to see on covers or not. Things that catch my eye.
- Beautifull/ eyecatcing colours. In most of my cover reviews I mention colour, for me colour is very important on a cover and can catch my attention. I guess I am very colour focussed. It’s very personal which colours I like and it also depends on the cover itself. Colours can play a big influence in whether I like a cover or not. Sometimes it’s a combinations of colours or oen specific colour or how the colours are used.
- Nice background. I am not sure why, but background can be important for me on a cover. So many books have a boring background and I think a background can tell a lot about the setting and I find settings important in books, so I think that’s part of the reason why I like backgrounds. Sure the foreground is important, but I think a nice background goes a long way. Is it set into a city, out in nature, in a small town? Often with a good background you can tell a lot about the setting.
- No people. While I don’t immediately dislike covers with people on it, in fact there are awesome covers with people on them too, I have a strange fascination for covers without people. I often find the model on the cover doens’t fit my idea of the main character or I don’t like having already an imagine of the main characetrs before I even start reading. When the models fit the book I like it, but else I often prefer covers without models on them. If a cover has a models I prefer them to either fit the character descriptions or have a character shows fromt he side or back.
- People that fit character description. If there are people on a cover I think it’s a must that they fit the character descriptions. Ever read a book with a blonde girl on the cover and then you read the book and the main character has brown hair. That always makes me wonder why they didn’t change the hair colour or who the person on the cover is. This ties in with my point last week that covers have to fit the story or book. Why have a model on the cover that doesn’t fit the description of your main character?
- Subtle romance covers. I think kissing couples are overdone. I love it when couples show their love and intimacy in a different way. Like almost kissing or hugging and I am happy to see more of that on covers lately. Or more subtle with their pose or the look in their eyes that conveys the emotion.
- Nice Font. I think a nice font or one that fits the feel or style of the story or cover can do a lot for a cover and I like it when book covers has a nice font on the cover that fits the book. I do think the font has to be readable, but a good font can certainly add something to a cover.
- Simple. I love simple, but touching covers. Not too many elements on it, but still able to convey the messgae and convey the right emotions. The cover for Havoc is a good example, it’s very simple, but still a stunning cover. Sometimes it’s better to focus on a few key elements than try and cram too much on a cover.
- Nature. I love nature and a nice nature setting on a cover is a sure way to get my attention. This is similiar to me preferance for a nice background, but having a nature background or nature featuring on the cover, makes me even more happy.
- Animals. I like seeing animals on the cover. I am a big animal lover and often an animal on the cover means that anials play a part in the story, which is something I like. And they are cute, so I like seeing them on covers.
- Unique/ original. I love unique or original covers, covers that are different from what I used to and that catch my attention just by being different. Everyone loves the beautifull dress covers, but they aren’t very original. I like covers that do things a bit different.
Covers Featured in this post.
As this post is about covers I picked a few covers I like to display durign this post and let me tell you why I pciked these covers.
- Havoc (Havoc #1) by Autumn Grey It is bad to admit I mostly picked up this book because of the cover and the fact I heard good thgind about it. I like the black background with the splash of briliantly pink. I like how the flower looks like a flower, but is also dissolving in paint. I still have no clue why covers like this fit erotica/ romance books though as I haven’t seen the connection of the flower with the story, but ah well. It certainly is an eye catching cover.
- The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary This is one of those books were the cover grabbed my attention. The tree and the creatures walking udnerneath it, obviously hitns to the blurb and the title which both mention the night parade. It also has a japanese feel which fits the story.