An URGENT PLEA to Harper Collins: I love your list of upcoming releases from Harper Teen…but please, please, you MUST restrain the MAD CROPPER who's treating your cover models so brutally!…Revoke his Photoshop license NOW, before he crops again! Seriously, I totally agree with the smart reader quoted in a previous B-burger post who complained about the trend toward perfect and perfectly anonymous headless bods, which have been proliferating on covers across the YA world since the huge success of the Gossip Girls series…So lissenup, publishing people. Decapitation is so 2006...Let's make '07 the year we stop the crop.I must say, I have to agree with them! Just look at these samples I happened to dig up after only 10 minutes of searching:
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Cupcake by Rachel Cohn
I Was a Teenage Popsicle by Bev Katz Rosembaum
The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of "The Arabian Nights" by Cameron Dokey
The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
Wuthering High: A Bard Academy Novel by Cara Lockwood
Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer
So here’s all I have to say: Where are all the heads? What do you think Glade Readers? Send me YOUR examples of cropped book covers, and we’ll add them to the post. It’s time to stop the crop!
You can read the original Bookburger post here.
I've seen tons of these, but this is the only one I can think of off the top of my head:
Oh wait here's another:
Thanks! I'll get these posted soon!
I agree that it's time to put an end to all these headless covers. I looked at all the books on one of my shelves, mostly published ten or twenty years ago, and none of them feature headless cover models. You may get just the head or head and shoulders, but no heads cut off to show just the body.
Is there some meaning behind this guillotining of book characters, or is it just a fad?
I have seen about a million headless covers since you posted this!
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is guilty of this too, although I love this particular cover.
I love the Wicked Lovely cover too, Erin! Even if it does have headless models on the cover... I'm dying to read the book though!
I think the theory behind this is, if the main character doesn’t have a face, then the reader can imagine themselves in the MCs place.
Does it work? Who knows.
I got here via your Amazon list. LOL!
I think kristopher is probably right about the reasoning behind this.
Girl at Sea. 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Confessions of a Not-It Girl. You're right! And here I thought we were just supposed to focus on the bare midriffs. There is a far more sinister plot at work!
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