I feel really old school. I kind of like the painted/drawn covers, not the photoshopped ones with real people in them. I do appreciate covers depicting an artist’s impression of how a certain scene in the book might look like. A good cover for me includes delightful little details showing that the artist did read the book – like Kinuko Y. Craft, whose art graces the covers of many of Patricia A. McKillip’s novels, for example. Her covers are lovely and they are beautiful conversation pieces about the story itself yet don’t reveal anything too definite that could ruin a reading experience. I feel like most of the covers today are pretty but ultimately, forgettable. Granted, it’s really the story we want, the cover should just grab our attention initially. In fact, it’s good that the cover is forgettable, isn’t it? Because we don’t want the cover stuff to influence our reading of the story too much… but personally, I’m getting to the point where all the books look the same and then follows the thinking that all the storylines must therefore be the same, too (which is not necessarily untrue).
I found these book covers (most of them relatively recently published) as I was browsing around and blog-hopping for future reads. Do these covers attract you? If so, which cover category would attract you most?