So first, let’s see what we’re working with:
The Original Covers
There are a lot of wonderful things about these original covers and a lot of things I don’t like about them. I like the slight change in tones through the series, the foreboding gates of the school with the “VA”, the title font in white which leaps out at you. It’s more elegant, scripted and gothic. However, I do not like the models. Sorry, but I am not a big fan of full photographed models on the cover of books. I really like imagining the character for myself and IMO, none of these models represent any of the characters in the book. I know who they’re supposed to be, but I don’t agree.
Here are the new covers:
Alright. So the colors/tone change entirely, the consistency being the “VA”. The models are there, in the background and not very clear. The titles of each of the book is more bold, in your face. But there’s not a whole lot of character or feeling when you look at them. Generic and uniform, the covers loose the fun, dark vampire quality that the originals have.
ORIGINAL COVERS WIN!
Now I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of the original covers. But in exchange for these bland new ones, I’m glad I have the original, gothic and deliciously taunting originals.
What do you think of the new VA books?
Also, wanted to point out this United Kingdom line. I really like these covers and we never get to see them here in the US. So here you go: