Welcome to my latest installment of Trending Thursday. In this weekly post, I pick a trend and we discuss. Today I'm inspired by the cover of a book I read recently. If you didn't see the Half and Half post on Half Bad that Lauren and I did yesterday, you can check it out here.
by Sally Green
To be published on March 4 by Viking Juvenile
I love the cover of Half Bad, which was designed by Tim Green of Faceout Studio. It's simple but striking, and it also references many of the themes and elements of the book. The black and white text represents the Black and White Witches in the story. The face appears to be made up of swirling blood -- main character Nathan is a Half-Blood -- half White Witch, half Black.
So I thought this week would be a good time to talk about Heads on YA Covers.
Headless YA Covers have been a Thing for a while now. My theory is that cover designers or marketing people want to let the reader picture the character any way they want, but I agree that, when seen together, all the headless covers begin to seem a little creepy.
Note: I loved all these books and must point out that all these authors published subsequent books that did not have headless covers.
Then we have Big Heads:
Huge Faces have been a Thing in YA covers for a while now. I'm such not a fan of the faces that stare at me vacantly like a model on the cover of a beauty magazine. I thought the original cover of Delirium was beautiful, with the face peeking through the cut-out letters and was much less of a fan of the new cover, with a generic huge face. Unconnected complaint: why do magazines put celebrities on the cover and then make them look unrecognizable?
The trend I like -- and one that I think is Getting Hotter?
Tell me in comments: what are your thoughts on heads on YA covers? No head? Giant Head? Sideways Head? Feel free to disagree with me:)