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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Cover Redesigns I Loved / Hated

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


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?


28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Cover Redesigns I Loved / Hated

  1. I definitely agree with the Terry Pratchett covers! The new ones are so less cluttered. Have you seen the omnibus covers, though?! They’re drawn, and kind of busy, but I love the details in them. I have the new Spiderwick covers, I guess, and I didn’t know they were redesigns. I sort of like them better than the old ones. Because I have to be contrary. xD Great post!

    Here’s my TTT post.

    1. I generally like less cluttered covers, but sometimes the ones with lots of detail are much more fun. I don’t really dislike the new Spiderwick covers, I just loved the original so much that it was a bit jarring to see new ones. Thanks for visiting!

  2. I agree with you about Fahrenheit 451. A while ago I wanted to buy the book but the covers were so ugly I went for the ebook instead.

  3. I’ve loved following your TTT posts. And now that I actually noticed the link to the original blog, I’ve decided I need to join in on my blog too. Also, while I’ve only read two of those books you chose (A Wrinkle In Time and Howl’s Moving Castle), I agree with your cover choices. I’d seen “So You Want To Be a Wizard” on my library bookshelves, but hadn’t realized those books were that old. With the cover redesigns, I’d assumed they only came out a few years ago.)

    1. Yay, I hope you have fun with the TTT posts! They’re fun to do, and I’ve made a log of blog friends through it.

      The So You Want To Be A Wizard books have been recently revised slightly to allow for modern tech, but they’re originally from the 80’s. I’m really glad they’ve still gotten love at the libraries!

      1. I thought that looked like an ‘80s cover design. Now I definitely need to check out those books. Who knows – they may end up on a future TTT post!

  4. I think for a lot of the “newer” designs you like, it’s easy to compared because of how dated the originals look. The updated versions don’t look like they were created before graphic design programs were a thing.

    Have you see the newer versions of Howl’s Moving Castle? The one with the castle from the movie (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2294528.Howl_s_Moving_Castle) and also the one with just the words and silhouette designs (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5985499-howl-s-moving-castle)? What do you think of those?
    (Though, if I found a copy of the original cover, I’d probably buy it just because that is Something Else.)

    1. Sorry, the first cover of the news isn’t actually based on the movie, but it does resemble the movie version of the castle more than other designs I’ve seen.

    2. That’s true, a lot of the covers I don’t like are just too dated. But some of the ones I *do* like are also dated, so… 🙂

      I enjoy both of the newer versions of Howl’s Moving Castle. I used the picture I did because that’s the cover we own. I like that the movie one kinda matches the tone of the Castle in the Air cover I have, and I also like the purple and green of the words one. I’m not sure why I didn’t include more of the covers for Howl while I did include four covers for other books, though. (And yes, “Something Else” is a good way to describe that cover.)

      1. I like the newer covers too, though the old ones have a certain charm to them as well. And it’s nice that the newer paperbacks match with the rest of the series.

        And you’re right. Just because it looks dated, doesn’t mean we can’t still like them. Sometimes “retro” covers are cool, too. 🙂

  5. I agree with all of these (even though I haven’t read most of the books in question).
    I love simple, stylish covers. If you want to show a lot going on, it’s probably better to add illustrations INSIDE where people get some context along with them.

    One book cover that really annoys me is my paperback edition of “The Colour of Magic” by Terry Pratchett. It’s got a drawing of a suitcase on it, that’s obviously referencing the Luggage, but it’s a modern suitcase, not a chest like the Luggage is.
    Luckily, I later got a hardback Collector’s Edition that has an illustration of Twoflower and Rincewind posing for a photo (and Rincewind looking terrified about something happening outside the frame)!

    1. I think we have that same cover for The Colour of Magic (or a similar one, anyway). For the longest time when I initially read that book I had a hard time picturing the Luggage as a proper chest because of the dumb cover image.

  6. I love the covers on So You Think You Can Be a Wizard. I actually remember those new covers too! I swear that was the cover it had when I read it!! hahaha I do love the graphic nature of Fahrenheit 451 but I also agree the older cover is more emotive. I actually have those older Spiderwick books and really love how they look too. The new covers actually look like they are trying for modern kid readers who are used to movie spin offs in books. And I’m so looking up The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston!! Thanks 😉

    1. I really love The Woman Warrior, I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it!

      I guess the movie spin off thing makes sense for the Spiderwick covers, they definitely do have a more modern feel to them. I think that’s part of why I liked the originals, they felt more classic. 🙂

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