New covers for YA books that’ve been around the block

Do you think how a book cover is designed is important? I do. I think covers can make a reader pick up a book, or not even pick it up in the first place, and many readers don’t want to look at a book with a dated cover. I know sometimes I’ve hesitated over picking up a book if the cover really turns me off.

Popular but older YA books are being given redesigned covers to try to interest the audience–today’s teens. Books such as SE Hinton’s The Outsiders; Judy Blume’s Forever; Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat; Nancy Drew; and othes have all had updated covers given to them–many of them multiple covers over the years. According to “>an article in Print magazine on redesigned YA covers, Weetzie has had a redesigned cover five times in a ten-year span. That’s a lot of updating–but then, teens and society have changed a lot over the year

I’m glad publishers stay on top of this; I think the way a book cover is designed is important.

Check out the article for a lot more information on the subject. You’ll probably recognize many of the covers shown in the article; I know I did.

Thanks to Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for the link.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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