T5W: inaccurate book covers (October 12)

Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This is this week’s topic:

October 12th: Inaccurate Book Covers
–Those books that have nothing to do with the story, or the cover model doesn’t look anything like the actual main character, or it’s a really cheesy cover for a great read!

I don’t think I have ever thought that a book cover was inaccurate.I am a fan of minimalistic covers; I don’t think it’s necessary for a book to tell a story or picture the main character. So I had to have a look at my shelves before writing this post 🙂 I’m only going to discuss covers of books I have actually read.

These are, as usual, in no particular order:


1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien, or whatever she is called these days, has silver-coloured hair on all covers. Yet, in the books, her hair is blonde? It’s such a small detail, but I don’t understand why the hair colour is different on the cover? Either they should have made her blonde, or she should have had silver hair in the books.

2. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The cover of The Raven King looks beautiful. When it was released, everyone was guessing what the stag was going to mean in the story. Turns out it wasn’t important at all. And that’s completely okay, but I really had thought a stag was going to be a big deal, so it was misleading in a way.

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Before I bought the hardcovers, I got The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves in paperback. The drawing of the boys certainly ruins the cover, and I still can’t figure out who they are supposed to be. I’m assuming the one on the left is Adam, then Gansey, then Noah and finally Ronan (obviously, he’s the only one with a shaved head). But Noah has fair hair. All the boys in the cover have dark hair?!

I’m so glad I decided to re-buy this one, I actually hate that cover!

4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

As much as I dislike this series, I can’t deny these covers are beautiful. I guess they are supposed to be a metaphor (just like the writing style) for Juliette’s transformation, but other than that, you really can’t tell this is supposed to be a YA dystopia.

5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

That cover is so strange. It has nothing to do with the story. Perhaps it is a metaphor for Albus, who is leaving the nest? I have no clue. Having said that, I don’t really understand the title either. Albus isn’t cursed, he just does stupid things.

What are some inaccurate book covers according to you? Leave a link in the comments to your post if you want 🙂

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4 thoughts on “T5W: inaccurate book covers (October 12)

  1. thesassygeek says:

    Great picks! I agree with the Throne of Glass cover, I know the original cover had her hair as blonde and it was much more fitting than the new cover even though the new one looks a lot better.
    I also agree with The Cursed Child cover too because it really doesn’t make any sense with what the story itself is about. I like your idea that it might be a metaphor for Albus leaving the nest, it makes the most sense. 🙂

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  2. paperjasmine says:

    I almost put the Cursed Child on my list, too. Probably should have! I don’t get the cover at all and I never have 😛 Whatever’s going on with the weird Snitch shaped nest, I just don’t know. Such a shame it’s not a nicer cover.

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