Photos & Lace

This technique, a photograph overlaid with a lacy design, has been catching my attention lately. It creates a kind of mystery that draws you in. But none of the four would succeed with that alone. Each has an interesting mix of color and typography as well. My favorite of the four is Chosen: A House of Night Novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin 2008 ). One of the more interesting vampire covers (at least for someone who isn’t a huge fan of vampire stories) … and well… dare I say I like it a lot better than the newly unveiled cover of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn?
What if the leafy overlay for Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab (Laura Geringer 2008 ) was not there? I think the jacket would be much more ordinary. On this, as well as on The End of the World as we Know It by Lesley Choyce (Red Deer Press 2007) and You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn (Simon & Schuster 2008 ), the chosen photos are important, but the tone is enhanced by the overlay.

Chosen: Ages 12+
Alive and Well in Prague, New York: Manhattanites Matisse Osgood and her artist parents move to upstate New York when her father’s Parkinson’s disease worsens, and Matisse must face high school in a small, provincial town as she tries to avoid thinking about her father’s future. Ages 12+ Cover designed by Amy Ryan.
The End of the World as We Know It: Ages 12+
You Know Where to Find Me: In the wake of her cousin’s suicide, overweight and introverted seventeen-year-old Miles experiences significant changes in her relationships with her mother and father, her best friend Jamal and his family, and her cousin’s father, while gaining insights about herself, both positive and negative. Ages 12+ Cover designed by Einav Aviram; photo by Alex Mares-Manton/Asia Images/Getty Images.

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4 Responses to “Photos & Lace”

  1. My fav is Alive and Well in Prague, New York because the photo and the lace work together. In the other examples ( except Chosen ) the lace or the photo is completing with each other for attention.

  2. Good point! Thanks for adding. Since I love your covers, it’s especially good to have your take.

  3. I have noticed this trend recently, as well, especially since reading the House of Night series. I love the way that the publishers chose to overlay the vampire “tattoo” designs on the cover photographs representing the main character. It really does add to the mood when you pick up the book. As you also stated, I am now more likely to pick up the other books because of the instinctive feeling their cover evokes when I see it on the shelf.

    PS – I love your blog. Covers really do make a difference, though we could wish that they didn’t!

  4. dot dot dot Says:

    I think the Alive & Well In New York cover is just so hip, in a really terrific way. The girl on the cover looks a bit older than the lit skews, but she’s just so cool looking in a realistic way that I ordered a couple copies for my store just for the sake of that awesome girl.

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