Opinion: Déjà Vu Book Covers

I’ve been seeing a lot of “déjà vu” covers lately. Those pictures that you’ve definitely seen before as covers, but authors keep reusing them. I don’t know if there’s a stockpile of photos that authors can use for their book’s cover if they don’t want to create their own, but this is something that I’ve been noticing lately. Personally, I find it hilarious, if a bit cheesy. Most of these books are by authors that I have never heard of, but Scott Westerfeld and Alyson Noël appear. I wonder who took the cover first? 😉

Here are a few of my favorite “déjà vu” covers…

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These three are proof that hand models are valuable to the book society.

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Wow, these guys are photogenic… let’s put them on every single cover ever.

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What lovely eyes… Too bad his fantastic green eyes have been typecasted for all of the zombie/ghost/undead books.

Can someone say “awkward”?!

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Close up of the creepy, nightmarish eyes… Wonderful job on that mascara, by the way. Woah, Scott Westerfeld! Why are you on this list?!

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Ahhh, the mystery and the intrigue… Oh, and let’s not forget the photoshopped flowers for special effect. Hmm, lovely.

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Is there something wrong here beside the fact that a girl is floating like a freak above an all-too-calm ocean? Oh, yeah… the fact that this cover has so been done before.

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If I forget that this cover has definitely been done twice, this cover actually gets a two-thumbs up from me for adorableness. I ship this like Fedex.

Note: I’ve seen this cover appear again, but I can’t remember the title of the third book.

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 Having read the book on the left (and loving it), I can say that these two books are incredibly different content-wise, but, hey, the photoshop makes everything alright in the end.

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I hope these guys are getting paid each time their faces are plastered on a new book.

What is your take on repeat, “déjà vu” covers? Do you think it’s cheesy and ridiculous or are you completely fine with it? Or Impartial?

Let’s talk books 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Opinion: Déjà Vu Book Covers

  1. I think its cheesy and ridiculous because I feel like it makes the books sharing “déjà vu” covers lose their uniqueness. (Of-course this doesn’t mean that they’re *not* great books to read – I’m sure the content is in no way similar!)

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    • I agree–it does make the books look pretty ridiculous, kind of like they’re “stealing” someone else’s original cover! But, yeah, I feel like we’re more likely to judge a book by its cover (as much as I wish that wasn’t true)… and I’m sure the books are all great in their own ways. It’s just so weird because I unconsciously associate a book with its cover!

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      • I know what you mean! I keep judging books by their cover (and only positive book reviews or book recommendations can keep me from doing this)… even though I don’t mean too.

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