March 31, 2013

Cover Discover: Cover Look-a-Likes



I want to introduce my new semi-regular feature, Cover Discover.

I love book covers.  They can make or break the sale of a book.  They can reel you in or put you off.  Sometimes you discover books that look-a-like, too, like the ones I share today:





How to Build a Dinosaur by Jack Horner
Dragonlight (DragonKeeper Chronicles #5) by Donita K. Paul


   Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown


  

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Selina Penaluna by Jan Page


Mockingbird    Long Drive Home

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Long Drive Home by Will Allison



Have you read any of these books?  What do you think about the covers?

19 comments:

  1. I haven't! Kay has a similar feature to this but I forgot what it's called.

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    1. Does she? Cool! I just love covers.

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    2. I read her blog. How do I not know this?

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  2. Whoa! How does this happen? yikes!! I'd be irritated if I were the author (unless it was obviously supposed to be a spoof).

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    1. Well, I think some of it is because they pull images from the same sources and so they both pay for them yet they are exactly the same!

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  3. I haven't realised how similar they are in covers amazing. especially the last two are almost identical.

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    1. Yep. I wonder if the authors even realize how their covers look the same. If you are going to pull a picture from the same source, make sure you make it look a little different!

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  4. I am flabbergasted! Yet, when I think about it, different people would be employed to create covers and I guess there is no Central Cover Database. Uncanny though for it to be a coincidence.

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    1. It's uncanny, also, because most of these books are published within a couple of years of each other.

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  5. I've read Mockingbird - it's great! I hate when they use the same cover - it's almost like saying that the book isn't worthy of a unique cover.

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    1. I can understand indie books ending up using the same cover since they are probably pulling it from the same online source, but when big publishers do it, it makes no sense.

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  6. Gosh the only one I've read is Twilight (that's embarrassing!) I remember Mockingbird originally had a different cover-shame that they changed it to this which has a look-a-like.

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    1. I think the Hardcover was the different one and this is the paperback of Mockingbird. I agree they should have kept it the same.

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  7. I love this meme! So amazing to see how often this happens!

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  8. The ones in that list that I had read are Twilight and Evermore. I've noticed that a lot of authors use the same stock photos. There's one that I've seen a lot recently. Chosen (Seeker Saga #1) by Sarah Swan and The Hedgewitch Queen by Lilith Saintcrow use the same cover art. They're slightly different, but pretty much the same. If I were the author, I'd be a little annoyed if I found some had almost the same exact cover art as my book.

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    1. I know. I guess that's what happens when you use online stock photos. But still, it's crazy.

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  9. I hated the trend, not sure if it is over, of book covers featuring a woman from the back, with long flowing hair. They drove me up a wall.

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    1. I like those!! Very mysterious. But, yes, there were definitely a lot of them, I agree. I don't like trends. Everything gets old quickly.

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