Becky of The Flutterby Room got ahold of me on Twitter (mine | Becky's) and suggested using the cover redos for Stephanie Perkins contemporary romance series (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After), and I thought that sounded like a great idea! I hadn't actually seen them, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I know we all dread a cover-redo, especially when it comes mid-series, but this is actually a series that I thought was begging for a redo.
I mean, don't get me wrong, there are things I like about it - the font, for instance, I don't hate. Or Lola's purple hair. But for the most part, I've always found these covers generic and cheesy, and had not the least little bit of interest in reading these books (they god I was convinced otherwise by the showing-up of the book in my mailbox from Liz... (and then the 2nd, later, because she just keeps being awesome!), because these books do not deserve to be judged by their covers). But what I'm saying is, this is not a series I'd reach for solely on cover appeal. In fact, I'd assume from these covers that I already know everything there is to know, and I'd skip it, missing out on all of the greatness within. So they needed an overhaul, IMO.
Enter the new covers, which I probably would reach for, to see what they're about. They're pretty and their bold, and they have a great sense of place, and maybe adventure (in the discovering yourself sense, not the dragon-slaying sense...). The drawback? They've lost the sense of character that the others had. So, I guess it's down to which you'd rather have conveyed, character or place. (And, IYO, how cute is too cute.) So,
Which did it better?
Last Week on FFO: It wasn't so much a Face Off as a cover reveal for Marianne de Pierres' Night Creatures series - we all know there's no beating the gorgeous original Aussie covers, so there's really no debate. But it sure is nice to see the series coming to an international audience, even if it's dressed differently.