Welcome to this week's Trending Thursday! In these posts, I pick out a YA trend and we discuss.
A lot of readers don't seem like covers that show the face of a character. I'm guessing this is because we like to imagine the way the characters look, and that face in the photo rarely matches the one in our imagination.
A few weeks back, I talked about one way to get around the problem -- just lop off the heads on the covers.
But some readers seemed to find that creepy. Fortunately, there are other solutions. Show the character from behind:
Obscure their face with hair.
Use the "Shattered Face" technique (I have a board of these on Pinterest.)
Here are some more recent covers -- click on them to get to Goodreads -- that use multiple masking techniques:
Obscure the face with text
There's also the whole Silhouette Technique that's used to mask a character's appearance- but I think that might need a post all its own, because there are multiple types -- the Silhouette Thriller cover, the Silhouette Romance cover and more.
What do you think of these? I'm loving the creativity of some of these newer covers. I'm happy that we can have other solutions besides chopping off the characters' heads!