April 7, 2014 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


Inspired by Pure Imagination Blog and Stacked.

Let’s be honest, nobody follows the age-old cliché that tells us not to judge a book by its covers. If you say you do, I am side-eying you. Book covers are the first thing that attracts any of us readers to a book. Before you pick up a book, the cover can essentially make or break a book. If I don’t like a cover design, I won’t pick it up. Lucky for us, publishing companies publish different cover designs, especially when a paperback book comes out. Sometimes we like it, sometimes we don’t. Let’s discuss these cover changes, shall we?

Today, we look at the cover Hysteria by Megan Miranda!

Beware of the mirror-head girl! That’s all I think of when I look at the hardcover of Hysteria. You can say that the cover makes me kind of hysterical. (*Ba dum tsch*) It’s kind of memorable. It freaks me out because this model is essentially headless. I’m not quite sure what that means in terms of what the book is about. What does the mirror represent? Well, perhaps the mirror is there to represent the truth and the reality that the main character cannot see just yet (and that is the details of killing her boyfriend). The model in the cover is holding the mirror outward (kind of away from her) as if to say that she does have a bit of control over what she sees, but her consciousness represses it instead?

I quite like the paperback cover of Hysteria, only because it’s kind of eerie and makes me think of a thriller (though this book isn’t classified as one). It gets your blood pumping a bit. You can argue that 1. the model is running away from the truth of the night of killing her boyfriend or 2. the model is running, trying to figure out what had actually happened. I like that double meaning. However, I don’t feel like that the paperback would capture my attention if I saw it on a bookshelf. It looks like any other thriller book.

Which cover design do you prefer? Is there anything you would change in the covers?

(Note: I have yet to change the feature title because I’m still searching for the perfect name. :P.)


9 Responses to “COVER CHANGE | The case of Hysteria by Megan Miranda”

  1. That’s really hard because both of them would make me want to pick up the book. They both look mysterious and eerie which I love…so either one is fine!

  2. Anah says:

    I like both! This is hard. xD I think I prefer the hardcover a little bit more, but if the font on the paperback was on the hardcover, it’d be perfect!

  3. The cover for the Hardcover gave me chills because of that headless girl! Creep the jeebus out of me. That is why I really prefer the paperback one. (is my reason legit, i hope so haha) :D

  4. Ashley says:

    I’ve never read this book so I don’t really know anything about it.. but I like the paperback more. I saw the hardcover everywhere and I just never liked it. It’s a bit… weird. The cover just makes it look like a book I wouldn’t like. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I never read the book. I don’t ADORE the paperback or anything, but I do like it more. So I’d probably at least give it more of a chance! But yes, it does look like a thriller, and if you say that the book is NOT a thriller then that’s not really a good thing. :P

  5. I think the hardcover is a bit weird, but it’s also so unique! The paperback is nice, but like any other thriller. So, I think I would get the hardcover just because of originality. Not that I love it, though…

  6. Ren says:

    This is difficult! I don’t particularly like the hardcover (the woman with a mirror and no head looks strange) but it is unique and it would make me pick up the book to see what it’s about. I like the paperback more, but it looks kind of generic and if it was on a shelf with other similar-looking books I don’t think I’d pick it up…

  7. I’ve always really liked the hardback cover of this book. I haven’t read it, but the cover is eerie and memorable with great contrasting colors. I feel like I’ve seen the paperback cover of this book a million times. I don’t understand this redesign at all.

  8. I LOVE the original cover for this book!! It’s so unique and interesting… why would they ever change it?? The paperback looks so generic. I’ve seen at least 10 mystery/thriller books that look just like it. Blah!! I vote NO to that change!!

  9. Brit says:

    Solely basing this book on the cover I’d have to say I’m more attracted to the paper back cover. I don’t like the picture frame on the hardcover cover, it’s covering up the name of the book
    (I know, just a little) and is just generally distracting for me.

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