So I can be quite fussy with covers. I don't like black backgrounds with a single face or object on it, which I know is quite popular with paranormal romance. And it's a shame because I used to read a lot of L.J Smith books when I was in my early teens and before they got republished with new covers I loved how they looked.
There were a few different cover versions floating around at the time when I started reading them:
I thought these were quite interesting. The first cover showed a lot of what the book was going to be about, mainly the setting. The middle one which is another cover version partly showed the trilogy's antagonist but then there's these creepy looking teeth which hints at the darkness and danger throughout the books. The third cover is from her series Night World. This one stuck to models but they would try and show an aspect of the book. This one for example shows a very angry vampire character which I can only guess is Maya. But they made the models try and show the readers what the books were about rather than doing this:
Bit boring compared to the others. Just a face. What does that tell me?
So I need something exciting on the cover. I want the book to tell me something about the plot or the character. Anything.
These are some of my favourite covers:
Do covers have an influence in what you look at in bookstores? Or do you try not to judge a book by its cover? :)