TTT – Cover Redesigns

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is my Top Ten Favorite (or least Favorite) cover redesigns. I have a feeling this is going to be a lot of “and then the movie came out and we got this godawful movie tie-in cover” but we’ll see!

So I think I’m going to do five I liked, and five I didn’t like.

Five I liked:

The whole Rebel of the Sands trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the first three covers too, but the redesign – unf. It’s AWESOME.

Gender Outlaw. I think the new cover (on the right) illustrates the mood of the book so much better.

And I recognize this one is an amazingly minor quibble, but give me the red and black cover for The Power any day. I strongly dislike the white one.

I guess technically that last one belongs in the next category, as I think the black and red was the first cover, and the white was the redesign. But I’m having trouble finding redesigns I like, so I’m leaving it.

Cover Redesigns I Hated:

Here we have the first cover I remember of this book, and Goodreads’ default cover. Give me the first one EVERY day. That redesign is – ugh. Makes it look like the whole book is about Smaug. I’m sure it’s largely nostalgia, but I loved those old 70s covers.

Another travesty of a redesign – most of Marguerite Henry’s books were re-released with terrible covers, I’ve found. The Mustang cover especially – the original’s art was gorgeous.

Pride prejudice2There have been a lot of covers of Pride and Prejudice, but this one is absolutely the worst. (I told you I’d get a movie tie-in cover in here!)

That’s ten for me!

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7 thoughts on “TTT – Cover Redesigns

  1. Great list! The redesigned covers for Rebel of the Sands looks so good (although I like the bright color pop of the older versions)–I haven’t read the series but it makes me want to pick them up! Totally agree about The Hobbit redesign though. The original is much better (less tacky looking?) 😂

    My TTT post

  2. I prefer the 1970s cover of The Hobbit, too.

    The newer one looks good, but I agree that it could mislead readers who were expecting a full book about Smaug. That would have disappointed me if I picked it up for the first time and knew nothing about the story.

    My TTT.

  3. Great choices! I LOVE the new Rebel of the Sands covers. I always see it as a plus when POC are put on covers, and it doesn’t hurt that the MC is also totally awesome. 😉 You’re not alone with the cover for The Power. For some reason, I really dislike the white, too, and would choose the other one any day.

    Here’s my TTT post.

  4. Oooh, great picks! I’m so intrigued by both designs for the Rebel of Sands trilogy. I’m with you there. They’re both intriguing but the revamp is *insert hearts-in-eyes-emoji* and I love them. Side note, I feel like I hate almost all television and movie tie-ins for books but OH MY GOD THAT COVER FOR PRIDE AND PREJUDICE GIVES ME SECONDHAND EMBARRASSMENT. I really hate it.

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