Last night Twitter blew up about the Winner’s trilogy cover changes announced by Fierce Reads. I am not entirely sure the true motivation behind the cover changes although before ‘accidentally’ deleting the tweet Fierce Reads responded by saying,
As many have said in response, “So being in a dress makes you less bad ass?” Now I myself have not read either book already released. Although I do have a copy of The Winner’s Curse sitting on my shelf. Luckily I haven’t fallen in love with the series or the characters yet. The main problems fans are having is the covers are being redesigned on the third and final book and the book already had a cover designed to match the others in the trilogy which people seemed to love. Also the change does not match the character of the story. Lastly they are being compared to another popular YA series, the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. You be the judge.
I personally see the similarities between the redesigned covers and the covers of the Throne of Glass series. As most of us are unaware of the true motivation behind the redesign it leaves the fans and readers making their own assumptions. One that quickly comes to mind is the blatant attempt to make more money. Publishers, marketing, and anyone worth a grain of salt knows bookworms like their books to match. Changing the cover on the last book when there has been such praise about the original design is puzzling.
From what I do know about the stories from reviews I have watched or read, and from the synopsis of the books it seems to me that Kestrel is not the tough, cape wearing assassin she is starting to resemble on the new covers. I’ve heard that the thing people love about her is that she is a woman or girl (depending on who is talking) that loves dresses and is still kick ass. Sadly, this attempt at the re-design is another step in the wrong direction and sends a very poor message to young girls. Listen up! Woman can be kick ass and wear a dress. You need more proof?