Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

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Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign. Here are some book covers of books that I have read over the years that I wish I could redesign.



1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (and the rest of the series)
Sure, these are pretty covers; however, the really have nothing to do with the books. 
 
 
2. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (and the rest of the series) 
Why did the publisher decide that we need huge body-less animals floating over these book covers?
 
 
3. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Is she supposed to be Mary Poppins? Why does she have an umbrella? Why is she checking for rain when she should be worried that her entire city is grey and she is in color!
 
 
4. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
This cover is just a bit creepy. Also, this book cover is way happier than the subject matter of this book.
 
 
5. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
Ah! A man is running on a brain! The brain has a face! Aaaaah!
 
 
6. Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Huge faces and tiny landscapes just look weird. Can you tell that this is a SF romance?
 
 
7. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Why must she have man hands? She had to be a guy to make it? I think that is the complete opposite of the message she is trying to send.
 
 
8. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
This is a creepy cover. I don't think I could read this book with this cover in public.
 
 
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling (and the rest of the series)
Yeah, I have to say it. I do not like these covers. Harry looks odd on all of these covers. I am really happy that they redid the covers. Although I have the e-books of the US version and the British hardcovers, I really want these too.
 
 
10. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Did they run out of money to design a cover for this book? It is so awesome, and the cover does nothing to sell it.

29 comments:

Nara said...
November 12, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Bridget Jones' Diary definitely has a gross cover. I guess it's memorable, but seriously, I would not pick that up if I saw it in a bookstore...
And so true! The Twilight series covers really have nothing to do with the books themselves. I don't know if I would redesign them though, since they are quite pretty to look at haha.

Chene Sterckx said...
November 12, 2013 at 5:53 AM

I do agree that the Twilight covers have nothing to do with the actual story. I did like them though. I haven't really read the rest of the books of the covers you mention but I do agree about some of them esp the Tina Fey one.. it just looks weird...
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Chene Sterckx said...
November 12, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Oh wait I did read the Harry Potter series and agree they could have done a better job!

whyicantstopreading said...
November 12, 2013 at 8:49 AM

The Demolished Man is just wrong. And Bossypants deserves a way better cover!

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kimbacaffeinate said...
November 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM

These are all excellent pics for redesign, even big publishers sometimes get it wrong.

Jessica @ Books: A true story said...
November 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Lol I like the Harry Potter covers of the originals, but I have to say the redesigned ones are really stunning and I love those too. I like the first Twilight cover, but the rest really don’t have much to do with the books. And that cover for the Demolished Man is truly awful.

Lisa Mandina said...
November 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I agree with you on the Harry Potter. And I somewhat agree with you on the Twilight, although the one you picked, Eclipse, is actually probably my favorite of them all. Of course I have the Twilight cover as a tattoo, and my sister has the Eclipse cover as a tattoo. So I could be a little biased.
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Doris said...
November 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I agree with you on everything!

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Berls said...
November 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM

I agree with you about the twilight covers - sure they're really nice looking, but what the hell do they have to do with the book? Breaking Dawn's cover is one that I might see the connection with... sort of.

You're probably right about the Harry Potter covers too, but I'm so in love with the series and those are the covers I read it with, so I don't really want the redesign. Those covers mean something to me. Is that weird?

Pamela D said...
November 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I do wonder who made the decision to make those crazy Bridget Jones' covers. :)

Pamela D said...
November 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Have you seen the new Harry Potter covers? The American version of the books were redone recently.

Pamela D said...
November 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM

There are better covers of The Demolished Man, but this was the version that I read a few months ago. I enjoyed making up stories about the craziness that was happening on that cover.

Pamela D said...
November 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I imagine that it must be hard to design book covers that everyone is going to like. I did try to pick big publishers for my books. I figured that the cover designers of these books were most likely not going to visit my blog.

Chene Sterckx said...
November 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I think so, the white ones? I already had half with the old covers so I stuck to theme for my bookshelf. I can't say I thought they were that much better.. What do you think?

Chene Sterckx said...
November 13, 2013 at 12:37 AM

ha ha ha even if they did visit your blog, there isn't much they could do... its your opinion and you are not the only one that thinks this! They could use a little feedback I think ;)

Pamela D said...
November 13, 2013 at 1:03 AM

The Demolished Man is just so ridiculous. It just makes me laugh! :)

Pamela D said...
November 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

The Twilight covers are all so pretty. I can see getting tattoos of them. I just wished that they were a bit more relevant to the books themselves.

Pamela D said...
November 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM

I am glad that you agree. :)

Pamela D said...
November 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

I understand what you mean about loving certain book covers. A few years ago, I bought a book series that I loved as a kid. The series was still great, but they redesigned the covers. There was nothing horribly wrong with the covers, but I missed MY book covers. My memories to those books are also attached to those original covers. I still love the series and do rereads every so often, but I miss my old covers.

Pabkins said...
November 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM

THE MAN HANDS! I'm so scared ...grosssss. Hey, I like the Ghost Planet cover! I don't know if it says SF romance to me but really how many more SF romance books have you seen/read? I haven't seen/heard of many others. Excited about her next one!

Pamela D said...
November 14, 2013 at 12:30 AM

The man hands are totally ridiculous. I must admit that I don't know of too many straight up SF romances. In the excel sheet that I sent you, the V Romance tab is all SF&F romance novels (it was for a SF&F romance book club). BTW, were you able to open it? Sometimes sharing google docs doesn't work correctly.

Asti said...
November 14, 2013 at 4:25 AM

I agree with most of these but oh no! Not Harry Potter! I guess because I grew up with them and it's all I know, I just can't not love them. But I do agree that the new versions are beautiful! I'm not one to go buy a copy of a book I already own, even if I like the cover better, but I would stroke them in a bookstore if given the chance!

And you know, the Twilight covers have always bothered me. I am sure there is supposedly some kind of symbolic meaning behind the covers if you really stretch it, but bleh. They really don't represent the stories. That being said, I bought Twilight not knowing it was a vampire book (it was before it was popular and I would impulse buy off covers and not even read the blurb) and if it did have signs of being a vampire book I probably never would have read it. Sooo I guess I can't fault it too much!

Pamela D said...
November 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

When I see the new Harry Potter books in the bookstore, I always look at them, but I can't justify buying another set either.

The Twilight covers are all so pretty, I just wish that they somehow related to the books. I feel that they could be placed on any book. I love your Twilight story! :)

paperbackheart.com said...
November 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM

The US Harry Potter covers (especially the earlier ones) have never sat right with me - I'm in the "happy for the redesign" camp, too - I am definitely in love (and coveting!) them.

Pamela D said...
November 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM

The characters' faces always just looked a bit odd to me. I loved the books, and the original covers will always have a special place in my heart, because I associate them with reading them, but I prefer the new covers.

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...
November 20, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Nice list Pamela. I hate the US book cover editions for Harry Potter and prefer the UK versions of them.
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Erin @ Paperback Stash said...
November 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I agree Divine Secrets of Ya Ya sisterhood was always just....strange looking. Bridget Jones Diary always looked like a kid put it together.

Pamela D said...
November 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Me too! For Christmas one year, my Dad got me the UK hardbacks. They are my prized possession! :)

Pamela D said...
November 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I really don't know what the Bridget Jones' designers were thinking. There really isn't anything appealing about them, IMO. :)

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