Because I never talk book covers on this blog I thought it was high time. Okay that's obviously not true, but seriously I've been thinking lately about book covers and how they have changed- both design and artwork. I mostly read fantasy and some science fiction, but I've expanded my horizons to include contemporaries, all kinds of YA, thrillers. And it seems to me that in a lot of ways the covers are getting better and better. The only exception might be the fantasy/ SF genres- I'm not sure about this one, but fantasy/ SF covers these days are often images that only obliquely relate to the story, or don't relate to it at all. Does that matter?
Well that depends on who you ask, of course. Everyone wants or appreciates something different. For me I like a cover that shows something that happens in the story. I like it when a cover artist says they read the manuscript before painting- if they're painting. I know there are so many options now for cover art, including digital. And sometimes you get a cover that doesn't do that and it still works- it's just a nice piece of cover design. So I'd like to know what you think. And I'm going to present some covers that have changed, and would love to know- which do you prefer?
Some older cover design
Newer cover design