Written by Melissa Mason
Something I find interesting when looking at our new books is seeing the trends that have overtaken certain genres in regards to book covers. It seems that once in a while, a specific style of cover becomes so prevalent in a genre, that it becomes difficult to even tell the books apart. I already have a hard enough time remembering which books I’ve read without them all looking the same! While these trends can draw me to a book, I’ve also found that I will sometimes prematurely judge a book because it looks like one I have read before and didn’t enjoy. The covers can even give us a perception of a book’s quality- if the cover is too generic, we may assume it isn’t a well written novel. Here are some of the trends I’ve noticed in the past few years.
The thriller/suspense genre has become huge in the past few years. Only showing the chest and chin of a woman on the cover is a trend that began when they really started churning out thrillers to meet the demand of the public. Thanks to “Girl on the Train”, we also began to see a lot of titles including the words “woman” or “girl” like “Woman in the Window” or “The Girl Before”.
Though these two covers are particularly similar, most contemporary romances have adopted the same aesthetic. Bright colours and cartoonish figures are the norm for romances. I’m personally a fan of this style. If a cover is bright and cutesy, I am in!
A lot of literary fiction is now favouring bold colours and abstract patterns.
Young adult fantasies are shying away from full illustrations and are now moving towards illustrations that frame the title.
These last two aren’t necessarily a trend, but both books came out this year and are even from different publishers. It’s amazing how similar they are to each other!
Take a look at the covers of the genres you read…do you see any trends?