In Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk explains, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” His nod to the fact that we do not exist in a vacuum, but are constantly influenced by the world around us gives great credence to the argument that there is no avoiding that some book covers unmistakably appear to look alike. Here are some recent book covers caused us to look twice to make sure there wasn’t a glitch in the matrix.
While both are contemporary YA novels that feature a boy’s white profile against a red background, their comparisons may end there. The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko is described as”The Fault in Our Stars meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” while Grendel’s Guide to Love and War is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower meet Revenge of the Nerds.”
Honorable mention in this category: In Darkness by Nick Lake
The feeling of the design, like roots and vines portrayed in red make these covers fraternal twins–the similarities are tough to deny, especially as it relates to the novel’s content. The Weight of Feathers cover is a nod to the Corbeaus‘ myth of being descended from birds and the Heartless cover, resplendent with thorns, roses and a crown are all in line with Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts, whose backstory fills its pages.
Sometimes, a theme may be all it takes to make you think “I’ve seen this cover before.” As we noted in our Shade Me review, publishers love the pop of a rainbow streak on an otherwise stark black and white cover (honestly, we love it, too). That these all happen to be YA mystery/thrillers, calls into question if this is the de facto look for the genre?
This pairing is an example of similar color schemes and lines that provide a feeling of similarity for authors on the same track. Both Meg Wolitzer and Gayle Forman are YA authors taking a foray into the world of Adult Fiction with each of their respective novels.
While the covers may cause you to look again, nothing can distinguish these books from one another than the words inside. However, we ask you to be the judge and tell us in the comments, who wore it best?