I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.
COVER CHANGE: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
Today, we look at the cover Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano!
Take a deep breath, guys. I know your pain, but we have to talk about this cover change. Prepare yourself.
I am not a fan. You know what I am? Mad. Incredibly mad.
Why would they change the incredibly gorgeous hardcover cover to this ugly paperback one? What designer thought it was a good idea to do so? Did they not ask themselves whether the new design did the hardcover design a justice? (Psst, it doesn’t.)
Before we even get into discussing the paperback cover, can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the hardcover design? I absolutely adore the hand-drawn images because it gives the cover an extra touch, an uniqueness to it that no other has. I love the incorporation of the stars and the constellations (because that’s an aspect in the book), the gears that fit through the branches, and the lanterns that hang from the trees. The typography on this is insanely gorgeous. It’s kind of futuristic, but not really, which I think is a perfect fit for the world in the book. I love that the red is extremely striking and that it emphasizes the “ruin” part of the book. The title of the book sticks with you. Every little aspect in the cover just adds to the gorgeousness and uniqueness of it all.
Now, that paperback design, ughhh. (Can you see me cringe? Or can you see the disgusted look on my face?) I am offended. Like really, I am. (As somebody who is big typography lover, I’m taking this cover redesign personally.) Two of the things that bug the shit out of me about this paperback design are the typography and the spacing. It’s fucking atrocious. Who in their right mind approved this shit? Why isn’t the title striking? What is that super plain typeface? Why is it so small? Why is there a lot of blank space? Why is it so boring? TELL ME WHY. When you look at it, you don’t get the epicness of the title compared to the hardcover one. The cover doesn’t make good use of the space around it (which is highly irritating). It doesn’t pull your attention and say, “HEY, I’M FABULOUS AND I’M CALLED PERFECT RUIN.” I’m not even sure what that green image in the background is supposed to be. At least the shattering bird makes sense? I guess? This paperback cover does make the book look a bit adult, but I find it extremely forgetting, boring, and, you guessed it, irritating.
The typography and the spacing on the paperback cover needs a lot of work. I think if they just fixed those two issues, then I’d be fine with the cover. (Maybe. Not really. No, never.)
Which cover design do you prefer? Are you just as mad as me when you saw the new design? Like what even?