Friday, April 2, 2010

Cover Story: North of Evermore?

Take a good look at the covers of these two books. Notice anything...suspiciously similar?



Most of you have probably noticed by now that the covers of Evermore by Alison Noel and North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley share a background photo that has been messed with enough by different people so that they look passably different. So many people have pointed it out to me recently that I felt I had to address it.

Here is the original image from VEER VenShui Photography:



Evermore's cover was designed by Angela Goddard and Jeanette Levy. North of Beautiful does not have a cover designer specified, but they give credit for the photograph to Michele Constantini.

This leads me to wonder... How do cover designers choose photos for their covers? Do they consult with each other or follow trends? What kind of knowledge do they have of the book's content before they start designing?

And how could two books, both published in 2009, both in the YA Fiction genre, have such a similar cover? How does that happen?

I will try to secure an interview with a cover designer, but in the meantime, what are your thoughts on this curious phenomenon?

6 comments:

  1. Here's an even closer example of very similar covers I posted on my blog last month: http://rebeccasbookblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/cover-lookalikes.html

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  2. Stories like this have been popping up more frequently online. It strikes me as quite odd. I don't know if these cover designers are getting lazy or if they think readers won't notice the same picture being used repeatedly.

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  3. I posted a while back about this and I kept finding more covers with the same pic/girl check it out!

    http://www.yabliss.com/2009/08/epiphany-of-cover-1.html

    http://www.yabliss.com/2009/09/under-cover-deja-book.html

    ;D

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  4. Bookie: I think it's just an honest mistake. It's impossible to know what images have been used when there are thousands of novels out there. I do think however, that they need a better way to track which images have been used already and by whom.

    Cool post! I love stuff like this. :D

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  5. I love posts like this too! It's such a gorgeous picture, and I think it fits both books really well. It is odd that the designers picked the same pictures, though. Are the books published by different companies?

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