Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated
I think, for this one, I’ll try to do half and half. 5 cover redesigns I love, and 5 I hate (well, like and dislike, anyway. I’m rarely passionate enough about a cover design to truly call it love or hate).
I’m not going to include years for the covers or anything, but the older covers are on the left and the newer covers are on the right.
Cover Redesigns I Like
(covers I like are on the right)
the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett (I prefer the cleaner looks of the new versions.)
the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane (There have been multiple redesigns, and I like most of them better than the original — even if I like the middle one the best.)
Amy Tan’s books (I know that the original covers are more stereotypically “Chinese” than the redesigns, but they’re too busy. Sure, they look like some Chinese dishes my grandma gave me as hand-me-downs. That dishware pattern is pretty busy, too. And I’ve mentioned before how much I love the new covers, so these are an obvious one to include here.)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (I think I like these better as they go. There’s nothing wrong with the original cover, but I just don’t like it as much.)
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Whoever decided on this redesign needs to be given a medal. I mean. That original cover is… quite something. The new one is still a bit busy, but it’s so much better.)
Cover Redesigns I Don’t Like
(covers I like are on the left)
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston (I just love the way the copy I have (the one on the left) looks, and since I also enjoy the story this version will be staying on my keeper shelf forever. I don’t even know what it is about it that I like, I just do.)
the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (To be fair, the covers I like best (and are pictured) are the original UK covers, so I don’t actually own any of them. But I still like the original US covers (not pictured) better than the redesign.)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (There’s something about the older cover that evokes emotions in me. The newer versions are too sanitized for my tastes.)
the Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (The new covers are pretty, but not as pretty. I love the way the originals have a book-ish feeling to them.)
the Harper Hall trilogy by Anne McCaffrey (Okay yeah, the older covers aren’t perfect. But I love the look of the fire lizards especially compared to the new covers. Also I like the innocence of the earlier covers.)
What about you? Are there any cover redesigns that you particularly liked or disliked? Do you disagree with any of my choices above?