Inspired by THIS (a visual analysis of movie posters) I immediately knew I had to make something similar for young adult literature. I often see book covers and think “I’ve seen something like that before, yeah?” It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are marketing geniuses at publishing houses who study what teens like and what makes books sell. And they must be on to something because many of the books I featured here are bestsellers. So they’re clearly doing something right — they’ve made these books fly off the shelves and into readers’ hands. (Of course, it’s the writing too! Can’t give the cover all the credit!)
But trends, nonetheless, are interesting. Here are 9 trends of young adult book covers I’ve identified.
MY METHODOLOGY: I scoured the Goodreads list of books for young adults that were published in 2010, 2011 and 2012. That made my search very select since I’m focusing on a sampling of books from the past 2.5 years. (I also included the Twilight cover, because, well, I wanted to.) This visual is by no means comprehensive, it’s only meant to show a small sample of a trend and not every book that falls into the category, of course many are missing. It also doesn’t show the percentage of the books published, aka “20% of books featured dead girls.” Nothing like that. This is just a small visual to quickly illustrate a trend.
(Please note: This is in no way intended to imply that these covers are in any way bad or flawed, I enjoy a good many of them! This is simply to point out a trend and in a humorous/light-hearted manner.)
For this post I focused only on covers that feature people. I’m planning a later post that analyzes non-people covers. (Maybe.) On to the good stuff….!