The Sunday Symposium is a new weekly feature in which I'll be discussing various bookish topics and asking for your commentary, as well. And as an incentive to you for your opinion, and to get the ball rolling this week, I'll also be selecting one random commenter to receive an Amazon gift card. But more on that in a moment.
This week's topic is the recent slew of cover changes happening mid-series to many of our favorite books. I, for one, am undecided on these changes. (Disclaimer: I'm discussing US cover redesigns here, but I'd love to hear from my international readers on this topic, as well.)
On one hand, I am obsessive-compulsive and hate that the changes mean that the books currently on my shelves won't match the next book in the series. It also perturbs me that the publishers didn't have the wherewithal to select the new covers before the initial printing of the first books. Sometimes it feels like a marketing ploy to get neurotic people like me to buy the first book with the new cover -- in addition to already owning the book with the original cover -- so that all my books match. I may be completely off-base there, but that's what it feels like.
The first instance of this that I recall was with Wolfsbane, the second book in the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. I really liked the old covers, but there was nothing I could do about it. However, the publisher did offer up new cover jackets for those of us who already owned hardcovers of Nightshade so that our books would all match. That was pretty gracious of them, but that was the only time I saw this happen, and I only stumbled upon that opportunity by accident. (By the by, I have an extra new Nightshade jacket if someone desires it. I was sent two by mistake.)
On the other hand, some of the cover changes have actually resulted in more appealing covers for these series. I know I can't be the only one tired of the same old girl-in-a-pretty-dress-that-is-in-no-way-relative-to-the-storyline covers. And I know I'm going to get flogged for saying this, but I really like the new covers for Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series. The original cover did kind of fit the story, since Warner likes to dress Juliette up like a pretty, pretty doll. But I feel that the new covers speak volumes towards the actual plot of this series. And they're so eye-catching! :P
So, what are your thoughts on changing the covers mid-series? Yea or nay? What's been your favorite cover redesign? Least favorite? Do you rush out to buy the new covers for books already on your shelf? C'mon, we're all friends here...you can be honest. :0)
Seriously, tell me how you feel about this topic in the comments section, and then enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card for your troubles. I can't promise I'll always bribe you with a gift card, but you're opinion does matter to me, either way. The winner of this week's gift card will be announced on next week's edition of The Sunday Symposium.
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