So I’ve noticed the trend for lips on covers before but what made me really see how trendy lips have become was when I saw the paperback cover for Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor in comparison to the hardcover:
While I’m always a sucker for the simplicity of clean lines and monotone colors, I really think the cover change to a generic fad that screams YA paranormal romance is a real shame, especially considering that the three stories are so different and the lush writing and the imaginative worldbuilding found within such a breath of fresh air. Plus the paperback cover has nothing in common with the beautiful illustrations. I guess the publisher is trying to appeal to a different crowd in the paperback release.
Anyway, since I mentioned the trend here are a few examples of lips covers that come to mind:
I think the parted lips on You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me are particularly fitting for it’s chick lit genre. Need was published in 2008 and must have started the trend. I didn’t mind the sparkly lips then but now they’ve just been overdone so the cover isn’t memorable.
Can you think of any book covers with lips I’ve missed and how do you feel about cover trends in general? Madigan Reads covered the trend a few months ago so go check out her post. She features cover trends periodically and her latest post is on petals.