Spending as much time as I do reading, writing and talking about books, it’s inevitable that I’m going to see certain patterns and representations crop up over and over. That’s not just true of content–although expect to see a post on that shortly–but also of covers. Since my post several months back on dead girls in gowns on YA covers I’ve been keeping an eye out for cover trends. However, in addition to trends, I’ve also come across what I’ve termed “bookalikes”: book covers that are pretty much twins (some fairly identical, and some a bit more fraternal in looks, but you can be the judge of that.) Below are some that have caught my eye.
Silhouettes: there are silhouettes galore to be found on book covers at the moment, but I thought that these three were quite strikingly similar given their use of colour, the types of profile, and in the case of Jane and the Damned and Incendiary, the type of font.
Red lipstick on glass: These covers aren’t quite as visually similar as the silhouettes above, but they do incorporate similar colour schemes as well as the striking lipstick/crayon on glass effect.
Silhouetted girl with crows: I think that we can fairly safely say that Tantony and As Long as the Rivers Flow are twins. (The former, by the way, is excellent, and you should go and read it.)
Butterflies and pursed-lipped over-the-shoulder pensiveness: These two aren’t quite as perfectly twinned as the above duo, but there’s certainly quite a bit of similarity, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that these books both used the same cover image as a base, with some photoshopping done to add/remove colour on the butterfly, and to add/remove the green singlet in Fate.
The reflected city: My husband got terribly excited when the latest Rosie Black book arrived, as he mistook it for one of the Kiki Strike books. They’re certainly similar in terms of cover design, what with their reflected silhouetted cityscape and sketched heroine images. (In this case, I suspect it’s a case of great minds–I enjoyed both of these. Kiki Strike review here; Rosie Black review here)
Dramatic posing and billowy sleeves: These are pretty visually striking, with their moody pose, flaring fabrics and swirly stuff going on in the background. Although the designs are far from perfect twins, there’s certainly an aesthetic echo here.
Creepy girls with patterns on their faces: Sorry if I gave you nightmares with these, but they’re a touch eerie, aren’t they? Dark backgrounds, overexposed skin, and freaky photoshop overlays make these ones siblings that bear a striking resemblance.
Title clouds are the new speech bubbles: These could easily be part of the same series, really: check all that blue, those fluffy little clouds, and the scribbly hand-written fonts.
Trees, snow, and beastly things: I recently read Wolfborn, so its cover was fresh in my mind when I first saw the cover to Lowry’s latest novel Son. And then I came across Rabid, which seems to incorporate elements of both. Perhaps they’re not twins, but there’s certainly some strong family resemblance here.
Your turn: have you come across any covers that seem to share the same DNA? Let me know, and I’ll add them into the next cover post!