Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (3)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This weeks Top Ten is Top Ten Covers I'd redesign. 

I have to say that this Top Ten is the Top Ten for me! I am constantly guilty of judging a book by it's cover. 

1. The Gone Series (US covers)

Okay, I know that lots of people are really not going to agree with this as I just read an article where people were saying how much they liked them. But I think these covers do nothing for the brilliant story that it holds. I would never pick up a book with a cover like this if I was in a shop. I think it's mainly because I have a strong dislike in book covers with models on the front. I also think that the composition is terrible.

People seem to think that the UK covers are dull. But I LOVE them, they are some of my favorite covers around. I think they are simple but effective. They also have a sense of drama and mystery that totally represents the pure awesome of the book. I would be interested in it if I saw it in a shop.

But hey, that's just me. 

2. The Replacement 

Again, this is just me getting angry at the vocal point of the cover being the model. I feel like they've coped out on this one by just sticking a good looking guy on the front. And there's really nothing else that's very interesting about the cover either. I also love the US cover a lot, I think it's really interesting.

3. The Hunger Games 

This is just The Hunger Games first book UK version. I don't mind the other two books and I think the general design is quite exciting. But it's just the illustrations of Katniss and Peeta. As nice as they are,
 are they supposed to look 11 years old?

Also, when the Hunger Games first came out. The Peeta version seemed to be the only ones on the bookshelves in the shops, giving me the false impression that that was Katniss despite the blonde hair. 

I love the US versions of the Hunger Games covers though, I'm considering getting them.

4. Unwind

I remember thinking that this cover was quite cool and clever when I saw it on the internet. But in person I think it looks very tacky. I understand the concept that they are trying to get through here.....I just don't think it was pulled off very well.

You can't tell from this picture, but the font used in the bottom left corner and also on the back is a font that I swear used to be used in children's textbooks while I was at Primary School.

5. The Enemy

Okay, I admit; this cover does sort of suit the book. But I do think that it is a little over the top and does make the book look kind of cheap.

6. Inside Out (US version)

This is quite a nice cover, but I just don't think it suits the book whatsoever. I understand the concept they are trying to bring across again, but I just don't think it's been pulled off very well. 
I think one main reason I don't like this is because I LOVE the UK cover. It was the cover alone that made me pick it up in the shop and read it. 

7. Wake

Admittedly, I haven't read this yet. But this cover......really?

8. The Uglies (US covers)

Faces. Models. It's too much. I think the first one is kind of okay (apart from the fact that I think she looks more gorgeous than the girl in the Pretties cover which can't be right). I also particularly hate the composition of the Pretties cover. I'm not a huge fan of the UK covers either, but at least there are no models or faces.

9. Across the Universe

Okay, I do think that this cover is very pretty, and I love the space part. But I just feel like the two people's almost kissing faces give it such a romance-y feel that does not represent the book at all in my opinion. 

10. Numbers

I just think they did a bad job of trying to fit numbers into the word Numbers.


  1. I've never seen the UK version of Hunger Games before. I'm not really digging it either. I agree with Numbers. It looks kind of silly.

  2. I like the US Hunger Games better too. That last cover was interesting. Nice list. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  3. You have taken interesting covers. Some of those do need to be redesigned! Some covers are So trashy! I have posted about that.

    Here is my Top Ten post!

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  5. Unwind and Wake are both pretty interesting covers. I'm not sure I like them, but I'm not sure I don't either.

    Here is my list: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/04/top-ten-tuesday-stop-embarassing-me.html

  6. As much as I love THG, I must admit that those covers aren't very nice. You picked some good books for that!

  7. i agree with a lot here but i loved the UK covers of hunger games more than the US ones. maybe it's cause my version has a flip cover so you can change it from Peeta to Katniss behind the HG logo.


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