Top Ten Tuesday: Book cover trends

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Ten Book Cover Trends (or just elements of covers) I Like/Dislike {can stick to one or the other or both!}

Below are 8 of the cover trends I like and 3 that I don’t like. I’ve put a few examples to illustrate what I mean.

1. Pretty typography – by pretty I don’t mean swirly, wedding invitation fonts. I hate those. I just mean interesting use of typography

Say What You WillLove Letters to the Dead

2. Bold colors – book covers don’t use enough bold colors. I also like when book covers are black and white with some color

Standing in Another Man's Grave

3. Simple graphics – the book cover doesn’t need to be full up and busy for me to notice it.

The HumansThe Fields

4. Related to the plot – I love when you’re reading a book and suddenly you realize what the cover means

It's Kind of a Funny Story

5. Photography – you know, I used to not really care for these, but there’s been several covers lately that have a photo and some cool type, and I like them. But it has to be done right. I still don’t like some of them.

Since You've Been GoneTo All the Boys I've Loved Before

6. Soft covers – this doesn’t really have to do with the design, but you know those covers that feel nice and soft? They are the best.
7. Drawn covers – I like when it looks like the cover has been drawn by hand. These always seem to be really interesting and sometimes very intricate.

She Rises

8. Combination of things – I don’t know what to call this. I’m just going to put the cover for The Last Banquet below and let it speak for itself.

The Last Banquet

Trends I don’t like (I’m not including examples because, honestly, I just don’t want to save any of them on my computer. Ha):

1. Couple silhouettes – generic, romance-y books tend to have a silhouette of a couple of the front. Boring.
2. Fancy fonts – I don’t like swirly, elaborate fonts. Never have.
3. Generic faces – it seems to be called whitewashing of covers. Blah.

What about you? What are some of the cover trends you like? Ones you don’t?