Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish which I am taking part in.

Some of these covers I list below aren't actually badly designed, some of them I just want to change so I could hide what I was actually buying!

The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden
This book isn't officially released yet but I have read the ARC and I loved the story, it was dark, gritty and enjoyable. The cover however is just plain horrid, I just hope that maybe this is just the cover being used for the ARC and it will be changed come final release.

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
What is this cover actually all about? Can someone out there explain to me what this cover actually has in common with the story?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
The cover itself is actually designed okay and I have no idea what the current covers are like. However, the one in the UK that I got was a pain. It looked like a kid's book and as a self-conscious late teen I really didn't want people to think I was buying a kids book.

Gone Series by Michael Grant
Why do publishers insist on putting up covers with photographs of characters as "they" see them? The moment they put images on the cover like this you can't help but see characters in this way. Stop ruining the chance for my imagination to create something based upon what the author writes. At least the paper books in the UK have different covers than this!

Monster by Christopher Pike
Thank god that they changed this cover in the end because it was horrendous. I am speechless nearly every time I see it. His face is the same colour as the sun for crying out loud!

Mills & Boon Books
Can you get anything cheesier and similar than these? I have zero intention of reading them but please stop assaulting my eyes in libraries with your covers!

Wonders of the Universe by Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen
The BBC TV series that this book acompanies is superb and Brian Cox is a good host. Why though did anyone feel the need to splash his big noggin on the front of this book? There are plenty of cracking images that could be used of space for the cover and instead we get this messy thing.

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Going Postal had an okay cover at first, then a TV series was made and suddenly they felt the need to slap the actors faces all over it. The art on Terry Pratchett covers are part of the charm so stop ruining them once you make them into TV shows!

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
When I first heard someone tell me that this was a great Sci-Fi novel I had no idea because the one I saw had the most boring cover in the world. To be honest though, from what I have seen since of the other covers used, it may actually be best of a bad bunch.

Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt
Now this may be fresh in my mind as I only recently read it, however when I first saw the cover I really didn't know if I wanted to read it. A Semi naked woman being manhandled by tree branches or something similar didn't appear to be a Sci-Fi novel I wanted to touch.

Anyway, I managed to make it to the full list of ten this week. So feel free to share your own thoughts, I mean some of you may actually like some of the covers I have listed above.