Top Ten Tuesday: Why oh why did they change these covers?

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) involves changing cover designs. Cover designs can be pretty controversial among bookworms, especially when they start changing up formats mid-series (how dare they?). Personally, I’ve never been one to really care about changes in cover designs; however, there have been a few that have disappointed me over the years (PEOPLE WHO DESIGN SARAH DESSEN BOOK COVERS: BRING BACK THE OLDIES!!). Anyways, here are a few cover design changes that I think should be returned to their originals (earlier cover on the left, less desirable change on the right).

Are you someone who pays a lot of attention to book cover changes? What are your thoughts on the covers I’ve listed here? And the big question of the day: Do you prefer the old or new Sarah Dessen covers? Let me know in the comments section below!



47 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Why oh why did they change these covers?”

  1. Great list! I love the original cover of The Princess Bride – it’s so pretty. 🙂 My only real pet peeve is a mid-series cover change. I don’t mind it so much if I’m reading the books on my kindle, but if I have hard copies then I like them to match.

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    1. That’s a good point! I don’t tend to buy a lot of series so I don’t usually notice those changes very often, but I would be SO annoying if I bought a few books of a series with one style of cover design and then they randomly switched them… no need!!

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  2. Great list! Totally agree with you about the Handmaid’s Tale! I don’t like movie covers and it always upsets me when all of a sudden those are the only copies I can find anywhere! Lol take them away! 😂 I like the simplicity of the original Perks of Being A Wallflower but I don’t think I’m that mad about the newer cover? I like the detail of the writing in the background lol it makes me want to read the book to see if what’s on the cover is reflected inside!

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    1. True–the writing of the newer Perks cover is really nice! I think I’m just partial to the wallflower vibe of the older cover. And so true, it’s frustrating when suddenly the only copies of books sold in bookstores are the movie covers. Thanks!! 🙂

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    1. It’s so difficult to find the old covers!! I always love checking them out from the library in my town because they still have the old covers 🙂


  3. I don’t pay much attention to the covers of the books I own, largely because I’m almost exclusively buying books from used shops or an independent book seller, and my purchase is more about support of the business than how I feel about the cover. However, I’m always against books that have real people on the front. Not only do they look unrealistic, they typically don’t even match how the author describes the character! I saw an article somewhere yesterday (I should have saved it!) about how Penguin dominated the market with these crisp, clean, image-free covers. I found that interesting.

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    1. YES. Omg I LOVE covers that don’t have people on them!! I’ll have to dig around for that Penguin article because it sounds super interesting (and true!). Cover designs just look so much cleaner when they’re filled with only text.

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  4. I agree with you on The Princess Bride. Not only do I prefer the earlier one but the newer one sort of gives away one of the plot points. Fine if you’re rereading it but if you’ve never known the plot you would probably wonder why Buttercup and the Dread Pirate Roberts are hugging 😀

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  5. The thing I hate the most regarding changes of book covers is when the image on the cover is from the movie/series adaptation (like your example of “The Handmaid’s Tale”). And in general I prefer covers with graphics design instead of real life photographs.

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  6. Some of these changes Have been made to tie in with a film release but I’d do wish publishers wouldn’t do this and use a cover featuring the actors. I buy a book because of the author not because it has some Hollywood star involved …

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  7. I remember being sooo mad when I saw that they changed Sarah Dessen’s book designs for some reason. I quite like them now but I think I will always prefer the originals. Same can be said with Paper Towns. It’s my favourite John Green novel and I do like both editions but the original US one fits it best I think!

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  8. I agree with you and prefer the originals, too. In case of The Handmaid’s Tale and Far From the Madding Crowd the covers are basically advertisements for movies – they want to sell movies, TV series through a book. I do not agree with this marketing technique, but I guess it is irresistible when a new movie adaptation comes out.

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