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Cover Spam! YA Trends - Part I

This is a new kind of Cover Spam! from me – instead of presenting you with three different covers for the same book, I’ve created montages of YA book covers along thematic lines. Don’t ask how long this took me, you don’t want to know!

Each cover is also a link to either the book’s Book Depository page or, for ebooks especially, its Goodreads page. Some of these books aren’t out yet, but they’re all from the last few years.

WINGS
I hadn’t realised just how many YA books there were about angels or fairies or something else with wings, until I started looking for other covers. The first three are what started me on this – I saw them in a row on display in Chapters the other day (I’m currently reading Above and really enjoying it), and long and short of it is, I felt like putting this together. And once you start, it gets slightly addictive.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS
(and wandering through the woods on moonlit nights…)
I’m a sucker for these covers, but I’ve learnt my lesson and can now wait on them a lot of the time. I think I can thank Wither for that, if nothing else! While putting these together it became clear that a future montage will have to be of girls in the woods/under a full moon. Another popular one!

UPSIDE DOWN & SIDEWAYS

OF SEA AND SKY


Which have you read? Did any catch your eye? Which is your favourite cover in each category? What book/s did I miss?
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27 comments to Cover Spam! YA Trends – Part I

  • Oh my goodness Shannon! This post must have taken hours with all the links and everything!

    But don’t they all look so pretty!

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Marg, It was an impressive spectacle of procrastination, Marg! Someone should be paying me for this shit! 😉

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  • Wooow this must have taken forever to put together! But the end result is gorgeous! I’ve always noticed the beautiful dress trend, but I guess I’ve been pretty oblivious to the sea & sky, and wings trend! (Then again, I haven’t been reading very much YA lately). Such beautiful covers! I’m afraid to be suckered into them by covers alone since I’ve been disappointed a fair number of times but … I really want to try reading some of these now!

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Jinny (SkyInk.net), I hadn’t realised there were quite so many, either – I thought maybe maybe there were a dozen or something. So I didn’t realise how big a project it’d be before I started!

    I get suckered too, but I’ve been burnt too many times so I’m more cautious now. Still get disappointed, but more from the promising premises, now, than the covers.

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  • I can only imagine how long this would’ve taken you to do! There are so many truly beautiful covers atm and like you, I’ve fallen victim to them only to be disappointed. I’ve read a few of these (not many overall, given how many you’ve found and put together!) but I would describe most of the ones that I have read as just okay. Some a little less than that and only 1-2 more than that. I still keep getting sucked in by them though, because who doesn’t love a new and beautiful cover to add to their shelves?

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Bree, I’d say the same, if asked: most of the YA I read these days are OK but not great. Their pretty covers take them far but it’s also their premises that make them sound great, yet they often fail to deliver.

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  • Eclectic Indulgence

    The Tween Generation is a marketers’ dream. Recycle old themes and old covers and have the plots dripping with angst and lust with limited storylines and historical content.

    A licence to print money.

    I’m off my soapbox now. 🙂

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Eclectic Indulgence, Ha ha. You haven’t read any, have you? Yeah I can tell. Well, there’s a lot of drivel in the YA market (it’s not tween, that’s what Americans call “middle grade” and what I call “children’s”), but we could get into a whole debate about how most fiction, yes adult literary fiction ESPECIALLY, “recycles” (most people would say “is influenced by” or something more constructive) older themes etc.

    But they’re definitely a cash cow for publishers, and I don’t think they’re giving them the tight editing they really need, and accepting new writers who could really use some more practice first. It’s a mixed bag, but there are some absolute gems in there that don’t deserve to be written off so smugly.

    I have to add, though, that your description of them – recycle old themes, plots dripping with angst and lust with limited storylines and historical content – reminds me quite a bit of Virgil’s Aenied! How’s that for smug? 😉

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Eclectic Indulgence, Oh and you missed some awesome gourmet cheese handmade from BC, ON and PEI, not to mention my very own nanaimo bars – AND your book! And a great discussion, too. 😛

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  • Dee

    You have some great posts lately! Keep up the writing 🙂 I can’t help but tweet this post – super interesting and well conceived

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Dee, Thanks Dee! I love putting in the work, regardless, but it’s always nice when people enjoy my posts! 🙂

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  • Dee

    forgot to add – have the Bringing up Bebe book with me too and tried out one of the techniques the author mentions…still, it didnt work. This is one where you try to get the baby to sleep through the night.

    Is your 8 month old boy sleeping all night or does he still wake up? With my 1 month old, the author cites some studies where kids can be made to sleep all night by the time they are 4 months!!!

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Dee, I haven’t had a chance to start it yet, so I’m not sure what techniques are in there.

    Actually, Hugh’s been sleeping through the night since 11 weeks (please know I’m not saying this with a smug tone!). That was the easy part, actually; the hard part was getting him to go to bed in the first place! So, for us, we had him in a bassinet in our room for the first 11 weeks, and his night feeds gradually got later and later and fewer too. The first time he slept through the night, I woke up in a panic at 5:30 thinking he’d died or something, and he was fine. I actually got HIM up because I worried! But my mum said to me, if he wants to sleep, let him, he’ll wake up when he’s hungry, and I tried that. I learned not to get him up the moment he started making noises. I would lie in bed (I HATE getting up in the night, even for the loo!), listening to him, and realising that he’s just making weird noises in his sleep and I could wait till he actually cried. After a while I would just sleep right through the noises and get up when I really needed to, until it got to the point where he was sleeping through to about 6am but his noises kept waking me up, so we moved him to his own room next door. And I slept!! It was so nice. We all slept so much better once he moved.

    These days, he goes to bed at 7:30 and is awake by 7:30am, but it was a long road to get there. For months we worked on getting him to go to bed. It would take an hour and a half most nights, and our evenings were so stressful. We didn’t do any “sleep training”, just followed our instincts and a bit of guidance, and tried to establish a night routine. It took time but we stuck with it. We gradually got down from 10:30pm bed time (he’d wake up around 8:30am), to where we are now.

    But you know the old adage: every baby is different. That’s why I don’t believe in these sleep training methods. What works for one baby probably won’t work for another. You can’t force a baby to go to sleep, but some just fall asleep really easily. Not Hugh! And Hugh used to only do 30 minute naps during the day, which really wore me out. Things have really improved there too, so it does change. Teething mucks everything up, but it doesn’t last thankfully. Hugh only wakes up now if his nappy has leaked, or he wants his dummy, or he’s travelled in his sleep and got wedged up in the corner of his cot! Or because of teething.

    Sorry, that was a really long answer! I just wished, when I was going through it, someone could have told me that it’d change, it would have made me feel a whole lot better! So I hope this was encouraging rather than daunting. 🙂

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  • I kind of wonder what these covers say about our view of women… I’m not seeing a whole lot of “active” poses, are you? Kind of makes me sad…

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Meghan, I think you’ve really hit on something there, Meghan. I think you’d enjoy Anna’s posts at genre reviews, she really gets into the covers – like here and here for example. She has LOADS of fun with some of these posts! (I’ve met her and she’s loads of fun, in general!)

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    Meghan Reply:

    @Shannon, thanks for the links! I’ll be sure to check them out 🙂

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Meghan, I think you’ve really hit on something there, Meghan. I think you’d enjoy Anna’s posts at Genre Reviews, she really gets into the covers – like here and here for example. She has LOADS of fun with some of these posts! (I’ve met her and she’s loads of fun, in general!)

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  • I must admit, I’m a sucker for those dress covers. 🙂

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Shara White (Calico Reaction), Yeah we’re so gullible aren’t we? 😉 How many times have you been burned already? But I have to say, I love that they get such great covers nowadays. They were SO daggy in my day!!

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    Shara White (Calico Reaction) Reply:

    @Shannon, yeah, covers have come a LONG way since I was young, that’s for sure!

    BTW: I referenced this post today here. I hope you don’t mind!

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    Shannon Reply:

    Not at all! And when I have time I shall read it because it sounds so interesting. Right now though I really need to get OFF the COMPUTER!!

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    Shara White (Calico Reaction) Reply:

    @Shannon, Get off the computer? Blasphemy!

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  • Wow. WOW. This is amazing. And very interesting!

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Steph, Unfortunately I was too knackered after doing it all to actually do any kind of analysis, so I decided to let them speak for themselves. But as I saying to Meghan, Anna has some great posts on book covers and their messages that are always worth reading!

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  • Great way to compare the covers. Thanks for that!

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  • […] to a recent post by Giraffe Days on Cover Trends in YA and Mission to Read’s TBR mini-challenge, I’ve decided to start a new feature for when […]

  • WOW! Shannon. This is devotion. And gorgeous. It’s so interesting to see the trends planted in front of your face. Can’t wait to see future installments.

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