One of my goals for my blog in this upcoming year is to post more discussions! Today, I decided to jump onto a recent hot spot: mid series cover changes.
For those of you who were unaware, the covers of the popular Winner’s Crime trilogy by Marie Rutkoski got brand new covers. This topic is summarized here, but pretty much – they had GORGEOUS covers and then were all changed with only one book left to be released in the trilogy.
Personally, mid series cover changes don’t really impact me that much.
I very rarely buy books at all, and I also very rarely buy books in a series before they are finished. Over the years, the only two book series that I have bought as they have released are the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and the Selection by Kiera Cass. Thinking about both of those two, if the covers had changed in the middle, I would probably be decently upset.
However, I would definitely still buy the books in the series!
Ultimately, the covers don’t really matter that much. I have bought some pretty ugly book covers before just to get to the words underneath which I know I will love much more than any cover. And on the other hand, I have never bought physical copies of some of my favorite covers. I would still want to finish the series, of course. As for looking at them on the shelf, I might be a little upset if they don’t really look the same (or if they are different sizes), but I own a variety of different books with different covers. For example, my copies of the Legend trilogy are in the original hardback, the paperback, and the redesigned hardback. Each book in the trilogy I have printed in a different edition. It doesn’t really bother me that much, but I understand that some people really do care about that design and the look of their bookshelf as well.
But that doesn’t mean I support publishers doing this either.
During all of these Twitter conversations, I saw one Tweet from a school teacher who wouldn’t buy the last book because her students wouldn’t recognize it as being in the same series with the different covers on the shelf. For that – I totally agree! I think that it makes them look more equal on the shelf and that is a big plus. Also, readers identify a lot with the covers. I know before I started book blogging, sharing a similar look was how I recognized a continuing series. I am totally okay if they change the covers when rereleasing the books or in a different edition, but for the first release, they should really all try to match!
What do you think about this topic? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!