09 May 2013

Author Maureen Johnson asked her Twitter followers to re-gender books to call attention to ridiculous trends in cover design and the emails she gets about "non-girly" covers for her existing books. The results are quite spectacular. For obvious reasons, this is my favorite -- although in all likelihood the girl's face would be cropped a little further off the page.


Marjorie said...

I quite liked this, but some of the flipped covers are definitely better than others. I can't imagine a publisher putting that soft pink and blue cover on Lord of the Flies--Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child is probably a better model for how that book would look when written by a woman.

Ellen said...

True. Their enthusiasm may have outstripped their Photoshop skills (I often feel this way).