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.)