Artsy Shelf – 38 – Dressed in Black

Last year, there seemed to be a trend of covers with gorgeous red dresses and beautiful white ones. While these trends are far from over, 2012 seems to be the year of the black dress. It’s something we had seen a lot on the covers for the Fallen series by Lauren Kate – and in fact, some of these covers look like they could belong with the series – but I’ve noticed a lot more of them in the recent months.

Here are a few of YA releases coming in 2012, featuring girls dressed all in black :

I was a bit indifferent to the cover of Defiance by C. J. Redwine, until I took a closer look at it and realized two things : first, the girl is not wearing a dress but a beautiful black cape. She looks more like an adventurer, an assassin or a spy than like a beautifully dressed girl in need of saving. I really like that, and from the summary on Goodreads, it seems the cover is a good illustration for it! The second thing I noticed when looking at it is the castle/city at the bottom of her cape. It’s a nice touch!

Do these covers work for you? Are you getting tired of the stunningly dressed young women on the covers of YA fiction? Do you, like me, wish we could have girls a little less passive, or do you prefer the more evocative poses?

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4 responses to “Artsy Shelf – 38 – Dressed in Black”

  1. BermudaOnion says :

    I am getting tired of covers like that. Most of the time they’re not indicative of the book at all.

  2. talesofwhimsy says :

    I adore black so I’m a big fan of the black dress covers.

  3. heidenkind says :

    Meh, they’re so same-y. I think I prefer red dress covers.

  4. mxteena says :

    I do not look at covers as long as the books offer good story. 🙂

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