#InkRipples is a themed meme hosted by Mary Waibel, Katie L. Carroll, and Kai Strand. We post on the first Monday of every month. If you would like to participate compose your own post regarding the theme of the month, include any of the images displayed on this page, and link back to the three blogs. Feel free to post whenever you want during the month, but be sure to include #inkripples when you promote so readers can find you. The idea is that we toss a word or idea into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple. There is no wrong interpretation.
So, somehow I haven't managed to post yet this year. Oops! How did that happen?? Oh well, blame it on the post-holiday break and need to get some work done that took all my brain power :) I'm back now, and may be trying to post only once a week for a while. As much as I adore blogging, I'm working on economizing my time more this year.
Anyhow, the fabulous Kai Strand sent me an email a few weeks ago, asking if I'd like to join in on her project with Mary and Katie. I've enjoyed their posts over the last year and definitely wanted to join in! They posted last Monday, but I'm up today because...well, because I forgot. That's the honest answer. This month's topic is book covers, something I totally love. I mean, as authors, it's kind of like someone creating (or for the super talented, creating themselves) a distillation of your novel. A little window into the world inside, with the hope of catching the attention of people who will want to read the book to truly explore what it contains. I've been very lucky to have excellent cover artists, and have to admit that I absolutely *love* to cover to Travelers. (I'm probably not supposed to have favorites, but hey, this one just does it for me!)
One thing that has always amused me is the trends that happen in covers. It seems that suddenly I'll be wandering the bookstore shelves and almost all of the covers have some massively similarity. One that I've seen a whole lot of is the back-to-the-reader female with some kind of pose. Often there is some kind of very fancy dress involved:
Or the variation, kickass female with weapons and often hidden features:
Lately there's also been the slightly disturbing single image, often accompanied by something bloody:
I've also noticed a few more illustrated covers, often with simple lines that are really wonderful:
These are just a few that have caught my eye of late, but of course there are so many more. It makes me wonder how this era in books will be defined later--the covers of the 70's and 80's and 90's are all so classically obvious. What about ours today will stand out? :)