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 Red by Alison Cherry!
I’m seeing red because of these covers. (Get it?) I really not fond of either cover, but more so for the paperback cover. Just why?
Genuine question: are there people whose hair are naturally those shades of red?
In both covers, the red hair color looks really unnatural. It was probably done on purpose, considering what the book is about — a girl afraid that people will find out she’s not a natural redhead. Though, I really wish red color was more believable (especially the paperback one, yikes!). I think that’s one of the reasons why I cringe when I look at these covers. I wonder if the other characters in the book can tell that the main character’s hair color comes from a bottle because those red colors aren’t fooling anybody. (No siree.) Who thought the red color in the paperback cover was a good idea? It looks so weird. I really really reaaaallllyyyy don’t like it. (I don’t even know how to describe how much this light red color bothers me.)
I really like the font and the color for the title of the hardcover one. It seems to balance the picture nicely. All the red colors aren’t really distracting and they complement each other. Whereas, the font and color of the title for the paperback are a totally different story. What is that mess? Is it just me or does the color for the title in the paperback cover look a bit pink? The different reds don’t work well together. It’s chaotic and cringe-worthy. Also, where is the model’s right arm? I know she has her hand behind her back, but how she’s posing looks awkward. She looks really fake and like a doll that children play with. The paperback doesn’t work at all.
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.)