Cover Discovered: Creepy Eyes

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book covers are amazing, some make you laugh, some make you cry, and some are just down-right gorgeous! Cover Discovered is a series of blog posts I do here at The Bucket List, where I bring you the latest book covers that were revealed not too long ago. Mind you, these covers may not be the final cover that will go on the final product, but book covers are always pretty to look at.  Today, instead of looking at just books that haven't come out yet, I wanted to show you a theme I noticed (a cover theme that may or may not break the book sales).

There is a bunch of themes going on in today's YA covers, but one that has been bothering me has been these creepy eyes looking at you from every angle you look.  The cover makes me want to flip the book over when I sleep because I seem to see the glint of their eye in the dark; they might be coming to get me (no, but really: these covers can be creepy).  These models may have some awesome eyes, or just computer generated eyes, but I really don't want those eyes staring at me for long periods of time.  See what I mean:

Would you want those eyes staring at you all day?  I don't think so.  These covers may capture what these books are about but does it stop people from buying the copies.  What would you say?  I think it has a lot to do with what the book is about.  The second book in the series, for an example, does not matter as much as if it was the first because if I am already in love with the series, of course I am going to buy the second.  However, if the cover scared me as much as Rot and Ruin does, maybe I shouldn't buy it (however, I already bought a copy and am waiting to scare myself with it during the fall).  Do you think covers like these, creepy covers effect how much a book sells?

Books pictured above:
Mind Games by Kiersten White
The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels
UnWholly by Neal Shusterman
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Blind Spot by Laura Ellen  

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