I’ve already posted today but I really need to talk about the big news today. That being the cover change for the final book in the Winner’s Trilogy. I’m sure everyone has seen the original cover.
So, original cover. It matches the rest of the books, it fits Kestrel’s personally and who she is in the story, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. And this is coming from someone who usually hates girl in dress covers.
Now let’s look at the new cover.
Not going to lie, I think this new cover is ugly. For one I don’t think the model has anything to do with the main character. The entire idea for Kestrel is that she doesn’t want to be a warrior and she likes her dresses. Fierce Reads said they wanted her to look like a badass (in a tweet that they later deleted). But here’s the thing:
a) that’s not who Kestrel is. Kestrel is smart and strategic. Her power is in her mind, not in her body or whatever.
b) ummm why can’t she be a badass in a dress? If you have the right skills, which Kestrel does, your clothes don’t matter. Kestrel’s strength is her mind, her strategy. If you really have to change it, which you don’t do something that highlights that skill. I find it to be somewhat if not completely misogynist that the character has to be in pants on this cover for her to be considered “badass”. Why the leather? Why the flames? It’s such a sterotype of kickass female, but they’re not necessary for her to be one. Her mind alone makes her plenty awesome.
c) these covers look like Throne of Glass. We all have seen it, and I understand why. I mean they’re huge books. Super popular, beautiful covers. But this is that that series. Stop trying to put everything into one little box. Also may I point out that Celaena is totally a badass in a dress. Um, hello? And Kestrel is not her. We don’t want it to be her.
d) it’s a bad imitation. Seriously, I hate the tunic she’s wearing. Ugly. As. Heck. And let’s throw a little dirt on her. And some fire. No. It doesn’t look as eye catching, it looks like an assassin book. It’s not a freaking assassin book! Actually, they remind me a ton of Grave Mercy and the His Fair Assassin covers.
I like that these books were different. I like that Kestrel doesn’t want to fight. I like that these books feel kind of like a historical fantasy rather than high fantasy. These new covers just don’t work because they seem like they’re based on a totally different character. I don’t see Kestrel. I see Celaena from Throne of Glass. I see every assassin princess in YA.
That doesn’t work, guys.
That being said, let’s take a glance and the redesigns for Winner’s Crime and Winner’s Curse. Remember how I said I saw Celaena when I looked at the cover?
Look familiar? Also HELLO! She’s wearing a dress here! Why can she wear a dress on this cover and not the third? I’m confused.
And then Winner’s Curse….
Looks like a cross between Crown of Midnight with the coloring of Queen of Shadows. Once again, no dress, contrary to the character in the entire first book. Yep, that’s a thing.
So yeah, I’m mad. I think it’s disrespectful to the character. I think rebranding to make readers think of Throne of Glass is wrong. People will go in expecting something that they’re not going to get. I think every time I look at my shelves my brain is going to have a stroke because of my cover OCD.
Really, they already had a cover. We all saw it and it was loved. Here are the options as I see them:
1. Wait to change the cover for the paperbacks- not going to happen.
2. Print original covers for those of us who want the complete set. If I have to preorder for it? Fine. If I have to send something in for it? Fine. But I want it.
3. Continue to break our hearts and go on as planned- please don’t.
I’m angry. I’m disappointed. I’m sad. I feel a little betrayed. I thought we were past this whole girls can’t be badass unless….(insert justification) thing. Have they seen Disney movies lately? Full of badasses in dresses. Elizabeth Bennet- badass in a dress. Irene Adler in Sherlock, Elizabeth Swann in Pirates 2, need I go on? What’s the problem? I really don’t see it.
Cover changes always suck but this one really hurts. What do you guys think of it? Let’s discuss. Share your thoughts in the comments.