Not long ago, there was a lot of irritation, anger and disappointment being vocalised on blogs everywhere when it was announced that, halfway through a certain book series, the covers were being re-designed. 'But the books will no longer match!' people cried. 'I'm not buying the upcoming books. I'll have to borrow from the library.'
Yay - go to the library! Make use of them. Otherwise they're not going to stick around. (She says, looking at her library card which expired over a year ago...) But at the end of the day, new covers being introduced mid-series isn't a huge deal. Here's why:
- They're just books. I know, I know; books are special and they're to be treasured. So much work goes into them and I love books - clearly. But realistically they're not the most important things in the world. There are bigger things to worry about. New covers being introduced mid-series... meh. It's slightly irritating and it can mess up the careful organisation of your shelves but in the grand scheme of things it's not worth freaking out over.
- The words are still the same. You've still got your favourite characters, unless they've been horrifically and dramatically killed off - which is likely, but whatever. They've still (probably) got the same names as they always have done. Same plot. Same author. Same familiar world that you've enjoyed time and time again. The story inside is still the epic adventure you've been looking forward to since you finished that previous book.
- Refusing to buy the rest of the books because the covers don't match hurts everyone. The author, the author's family, the publishers, the illustrator/designer, bookshops - I could go on. It's still the same series you've always loved and supported, and ceasing to support it just because it looks different is like no longer buying your favourite pizza because the packaging has changed. It's still pizza. And pizza is life. (So are books.) (I've forgotten the point I was trying to make.)
- Publishers want to sell books. It's an industry and they're very good at what they do and predicting what will work and what won't. If they think new covers are going to sell more books and get the series out to more people, it probably will. And anything that sells more books and gets more people reading can only be a good thing in my opinion.
- Finally - what happened to not judging a book by its cover?
Books getting a re-design mid-series can be annoying but you can bet there's going to be a reason for it. Y'know what would be more annoying? If the final book never got to be published because too many people boycotted the series due to it getting new covers.
What do you think about this whole issue? Sure, it's annoying, but is it really that bad? Let's discuss!