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Why I can’t go anywhere near the teen section

In general I kind of hate the book covers for a lot of teen books. Mainly because they all look the same to me. When all of the books look like this





















there is something very wrong happening. Now I know that not all teen book covers look like this, there are actually some that look quite nice but there are enough covers that look like this to annoy me. The sad thing is I understand that a lot of 13 year old girls might be drawn in by these sort of covers but that doesn’t excuse bad design.


  1. pei_pei_pei wrote:

    I feel the same way about teen’s book, too.
    There isn’t really much design. The objects on the cover and the story of the teen books are usually pretty straight forward.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  2. Randall Parrish wrote:

    3 Posts up I did a critique on some different teen literature with good cover design. I think covers like this are a reflection of content, target audience, and author influence. Not to sound like that guy, but all four of these books are by female authors who look to be trying to capture that same demographic that Stephenie Meyer is able to garner with the Twilight series. Black, red, and faces is also one of the most sure-fire ways to attract attention in the land of generic romance novels. Stay original!

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
  3. kwalter wrote:

    Continuing with what Randall said, faces are a sure way to sell novels, because faces are easy to recognize from a distance and, if the face on the cover is attractive, people are going to pick it up (just like in the case for magazines).

    And I’m not positive that I agree with the whole they’re trying to emulate Stephanie Meyer. I think it has more to do with the style being a tried and true way to sell books to teens. It is a cost efficient and fairly easy to put together style. And, because they are so simple looking, you could argue they reflect the simple nature of the books (silly gibberish that waists your time and that leaves you feeling like you haven’t felt or learned anything profound or in the least bit meaningful).

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink