Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.
This Top Ten Tuesday is the Top Ten Favorite Covers and then you pick your own subject. I’m sure I could go easy – favorite covers featuring a boy, featuring a scary scene, featuring a rainbow… but because I want a bit of a challenge (and I think it’s a ridiculous trend) so I’ve chosen my Top Ten Favorite Covers that are emo but shouldn’t be.
Has anyone else been noticing this trend? Why are books suddenly so emo and depressing looking when really, the book and main characters are NOTHING like this? Maybe this is what the kids today like. Maybe this is a projection of how they view their lives. I have no idea. I’m a child of the 90s when book covers looked like this. All I can say is thank goodness for Kindles/Nooks/e-readers because these books definitely make the do not read in public list.
Emo: adjective – associated with a stereotype that includes being particularly emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angst-ridden. (From Wikipedia so you know this is correct)
Here are ten book covers that should NOT be so emo:
Really, I have no idea what this dark haired girl with the big black dress on has to do with this book. Seriously. Also, I reread my review – I crack myself up sometimes.
The Splendor Falls
I imagine the art discussion went something like “What can we do to make this peppy book seem more serious?” “I know! Let’s put a pretty girl in a prom dress sprawling on a tomb on the cover and have the title look like dripping blood!” Yeah… that worked great.
I mean, I don’t really know what else you’d put on the cover of a zombie book, but I felt Nora’s face on the cover was just a little too emo for my tastes.
Again with Rosemary Clement-Moore’s books being so darn emo! What does a smokey, stoned looking red head have to do with this book? Other than the red hair, NOTHING! Rant over.
The Goddess Test
Nowhere in this book does Kate lay in the middle of a jungle-forest looking forlorn. I mean, it’s pretty… that’s about it. Doesn’t do the awesomepantsness of this book any justice.
I think there are several covers out there for this one, but the one I ended up with doesn’t do it for me. She looks all creepy and like her eyes are going to shoot out lasers.
It’s pretty and all… but I don’t really feel like it captures Clara – who most definitely doesn’t look like she stands around thinking “Oh… life… what shall I do…”
Any of The Immortals series
These covers only get worse as the series continues… as do the books, unfortunately.
I love this cover but it does the book no justice. Or the book does the cover no justice. Either way, I can hardly imagine bratty Psyche being this oh I’m such a helpless beautiful girl kind of girl.
I’m really slacking on my Top Tens… last week I did 8, this week 9… Maybe I need to take a break from these! I’m running out of books I can think of!
Also, I’m keeping this picture from last week… I love it so!
Funny Facebook conversation where the title of this post came from:
BGFF: I’m tired
Me: From what?
Me: You sound like an emo 13 year old
BGFF: Pretty much
Me: Poor thing… want me to come over and cheer you up?
BGFF: Prob lost cause
Me: What’s wrong?
BGFF: I hate losing to UGA (2011 Auburn University v. University of Georgia football game)