I love book series. I also love book covers. Therefore it stands to reason that I would love the covers for series. And I do… when they’re consistent. But there are a lot of little (and sometimes big) things that irk me when it comes to the covers on different books in a series, so I thought, why not make it a discussion?!
*Just a note so no one is confused, I normally have all book cover images link to Amazon, but, since I used images for whole series in this post, there are no links.*
*Another note, I wasn’t really sure if “consistent” or “coherent” fit better with my meaning, so please don’t judge me if I used the wrong word lol.*
Why Book Covers in a Series Should Be Consistent
Well, the main, most important reason is that it makes the series recognizable. People can spot them and know, even if they’ve never seen that particular book, that it belongs to XYZ series. It makes the series more memorable and easier to find.
I also happen to think it looks more professional.
Last but not least, we readers just like it. It’s pretty. And we like pretty.
How to Make Book Covers in a Series Consistent
There are lots of different things that can be kept consistent throughout all the covers in a series in order to make them seem consistent:
– Font Style
– Font Size
– Font Color
– Title & Author Placement
– Color Scheme
– Cover Model(s)
– Image Subject Matter
– Image Layout
– Cover Artist
There are probably lots more, but those are the things I was able to think of just off the top of my head. Not all of those needs to stay the same, but keeping some of those the same definitely helps. Here are some examples of series with great consistent covers:
Every cover has the same placement of the title and author, the same font style and color, and every image has a character in the foreground on the left side with some sort of background. It’s super easy to tell these all go together, and their similarity makes them really striking all together like this.
Every cover has the same font style, the title and authors are on the same slant, there’s a little triangle cut-out showing the characters, there’s some sort of space-themed background, and there’s a mechanical feel with bolts and whatnot worked in. Again, super easy to tell these all go together, and it’s pleasing on the eyes to see them all lined up like this.
Once again, every color matches with the font style and placement, and all the images are the same muted colors.
These all follow the red and black comic book/blood splatter theme and use the same model and keep the text consistent, but each one has a different color for the series name (INK) and author name which makes them stand out from each other.
But what really prompted this post is that sometimes a series will be nicely consistent, except it’ll do something that just makes me start getting twitchy. It’s always in the details, and it’s usually the kind of thing you don’t notice until you look at the books next to each other. But what really bothers me is that it’s always the type of things that could’ve easily been the same on each book. I.e. There’s no reason for the differences in the covers. I don’t mean to hate on the following covers because many of these are covers I LOVE individually, and this definitely isn’t something that would ever stop me from reading/buying the books, but, as a series, the covers do make me a bit twitchy.
The first one has a white background. The second has a red background. The third has a black background. So they all have different color backgrounds… but two of them have a black figure. NO. That bothers me. The second one should’ve had a red background and a white figure, and then the third should’ve had a black background with a red figure. Like, the colors should’ve rotated, damn it, so that each cover had a different background color and a different figure color!
The red and blue ones are so crisp and clear, but that green one has a faded, washed-out look.
The first three covers all have a color of their own, but then the last one uses purple for the background, like Book 1, and red for the moon, like Book 3! Why not just make them matchy like all the other covers, and in a different color?
Why is only one of the images of her legs?!
Am I being nitpicky? Maybe. But I’m allowed to be annoyed by whatever I want to be annoyed by! And like I said, it’s not like I would ever not read a series just because the covers don’t match perfectly. It just makes me happy when they do.