Ok, I will fully admit, when I first read the Twilight books, I got a bit obsessed with them for a while. I was exactly the right age to read them at the time, and it was also one of the first YA (Young Adult) fantasy romance books I’d ever read. Me and my friends all read them and squealed at the ‘perfect’ Edward and daydreamed about one day meeting our own vampire boyfriend.
However, slowly the hype around the books grew due to them being turned into film adaptions. I went to see the films, and became less interested. I then reread the books, and became confused about why I actually liked them in the first place. And the more people talked about them, the less and less I liked them and the annoying ‘Twihard’ fans associated with them. Anyway, to avoid this turning into a Twilight rant about the annoying Bella, and Edwards canny resemblance to a stalker etc, etc I’ll get back on topic!
It seems like ever since the Twilight Saga became popular, tonnes and tonnes of YA books have been desperately trying to follow in it’s footsteps, and one of the ways in which they are attempting this seems to be their front covers/illustrations.
Take the Vampire Diaries series for example. These books have been around for quite a long time, yet after the popularity of Twilight were given completely new covers, and this is the result:
The same black background, the same colour scheme; black, white and red. Heck, even the very first book has an apple on it with connotations of the forbidden fruit being tasted, just like the first Twilight book where we see an apple held in pale hands, suggesting the giving or taking of the forbidden fruit.
There is, obviously, a reason why they’re choosing to produce these book covers in this way. They must attract people to read them, and they want people to associate these new books with the well known bestseller.
But for me, as a bookaholic, I’m getting a little bit fed up. Granted, they are quite pretty, but I’m getting bored of the unoriginality. For me, the front cover of a book is what draws me in to look further, to read the blurb, to look at reviews, to research the author and if the cover is unoriginal, I tend to make the assumption the the story will be less original as well.
Have any of you noticed or grown annoyed at this?
Or do you disagree and think that the covers don’t resemble the Twilight Saga at all, and maybe I’m just looking for Twilight in each book I assess?
Or maybe you like this style of front cover and think it should continue this way?
I’d be interested to know what your opinions are! 🙂