Monday, April 27, 2015

[Coffee Shop Talks] Cover Wars: Covers With the Same Model

I was surprised at how many covers featured this same model in this same pose. I only used 3 as an example here, but there were several more. Some had been redesigned because I think the authors realized how overused this image is.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things made the best use of beautiful-girl-in-lovely-dress-looking-over-her-shoulder. The flowers and softer colors make it more appealing. It really is a lovely cover.

Here is another image that is used far more than I realized. Again, I've narrowed it down to 3, but there are many more covers with this same model. I actually don't think any of these are bad, but I like the simplicity and the colors used in Cinderella Dream.

Do you notice when images are overused on cover designs? 



Anne Hannah said...

Whoa! I didn't even know this was a thing, Cat!

Traci Horton said...

The Treachery of Beautiful Things was one of my choices too. I think they did a great job of setting it apart with the color choices and background.

VanillaOrchids said...

I notice all the time. I don't like seeing multiple books that look the same just with different title/author. It gets to be confusing. But it's not so bad when the stock image is edited to look different from another cover.

Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

The flipped the image, so that makes it different, right? LOL

Judith Cauthan said...

Oh yeah, I just hope that the guy wearing the grey hoodie with the bare chest showing gets some awesome residuals since I have seen him on just about everything lately.

Talk Supe said...

I do and it turns me off, to be honest. It comes across lazy or uncreative (I just made up a word) or even lacking in research. I remember a time where everyone was using Pepe & Stella's stock photos, ugh!

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