Welcome to Trending Thursday, a weekly post in which I spot a YA trend of some sort and we can discuss.
I've done two recent posts about covers that talked about face-avoidance on YA covers -- the fact that many readers don't want a photo of the main character's face on the cover and the ways that cover designers seem to get around that.
Today, I wanted to talk about the silhouette, another solution to not showing a character's face directly. There are several different variations on this theme.
First, there's what I call Silhouette Romance. Pastel and sweet, it evokes walking hand-in-hand along the beach at dawn. Thank you, Only Everything, for mixing up the color palette, though the font is romantic and I still think I see clouds.
Then there's what I like to call Silhouette Romantic Suspense. By changing changing the color palette to moody blues instead of gauzy pastels, and switching up the setting to something more menacing -- an alley, a forest, a lair -- there's a new element of suspense and mystery.
Then there's ... what should we call this one? Silhouette Futurism? Amping up the color palate gives these more of a high energy, sci-fi feel.
Then we have what I'll call Silhouette Standoff. The figures are not running, but taking a stand against something or someone. Oppression? Dystopia? That white block text?
Classic Silhouette -- these are solid black and have a sweet old-fashioned feel. The problem with that is that they can make a book feel young. Can you tell the YA from the MG?
What are your thoughts on these? Do you have a favorite? I'm not a huge fan of any of them. I'll take those shattered faces...