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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.
I always find portrait silhouettes interesting to look at. It’s such a classic.
I always think of the classic silhouettes you see in the mid-18th century. They can be boring when it’s just simply a black head, but sometimes, there are ones that make great use of the silhouette by adding details and backgrounds to modernize it. It no longer looks exactly like the silhouettes you usually see. And that’s what I love.
THEME: Portrait Silhouettes!
What do I like about each cover?
- In In Darkness, I love the doodles and the lettering of the title inside the silhouette. It’s gorgeous and commands your attention.
- In The Body Electric, I love that bugs are flying out of the silhouette. It’s such a creepy, but awesome image. I love that the background uses the circuit board. Pretty.
- In A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, I love that the silhouette is cut into the rock side, making a bridge for the girl. It’s a gorgeous way of giving the silhouette two different purposes on the cover.
- In Havisham, I love the double silhouettes, one inside the other; and knowing the synopsis, it’s an awesome image that tells you that Havisham used to be young and different. Also, I love the details of what each woman is wearing in their outline because it never usually is distinct enough.
- In The Story of Beautiful Girl, I like that it isn’t really a two-dimensional silhouette. It looks 3D like it’s actually a person’s head photographed in shadows. I love the wisps of hair falling from the woman’s bun.
- In Five Days Apart, I love how the silhouettes looks like a Venn diagram but in the shape of heads and how a young woman is in the middle. Who’d knew that would work wonderfully?
Best portrait silhouette cover? Havisham and In Darkness.