My eye was caught this month by these rather attractive, bipartite covers in the Thriller section:
What I really like about these three covers is the way they separate their titles into two halves using both contrasting colours and placement inside the background imagery.
Not only does this make a striking image, it also communicates the essence of the titles before the reader so much as thinks about the meaning of the words within them.
They tell you that there are two stories to be told, two points of view – a this and a that. Of course, the real world is not always so simple, and the stories within may not be either, but our human brain likes things to be reduced to simple statements, which is exactly what these covers are.
The great thing about this type of cover design is that it can be applied to so many novels, especially in something like the crime/thriller genre, where there is a question of innocence/guilt, or was it him/her? etc.
But the title has to work with the design. “He Said/She Said” is easy to balance and mirror, as is “My Husband the Stranger”. With “Two Sisters”, however, the designer has to forget the idea of perfect symmetry, and tie the words instead to background images that balance them out. Even though the words are different sizes, you are still left with the impression that they represent two individuals, who are likely quite contrasting in character, standing in that landscape.
So there you go – another design route to consider for your next novel!
I thought I’d also include a couple of “cover picks of the month” this time round, because they were so pretty (and tie in with what I was nattering on about last month re: minimalist titles and their covers)
Aren’t they pretty? And also slightly spooky?!
H.O .Charles, a cover designer and author, was born in Northern England, but now resides in a beige house in Suffolk.
Charles has spent many years at various academic institutions, and really ought to get on with writing a PhD, but frequently becomes distracted by writing fantasy fiction instead.
Hobbies include being in the sea, being by the sea and eating things that come out of the sea.