Covers, Part 1: Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix
A couple of things about covers I want to discuss, but I’m separating the topics into different posts.* First off, Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix (which I reviewed last year and enjoyed very much, and check out my interview with Cindy while you’re at it) will have a new cover when it is released in paperback, in anticipation of the sequel, Fury of the Phoenix.
And the cover of Fury of the Phoenix:
I’m glad that Greenwillow is publishing Silver Phoenix in paperback and wants it to reach a wider audience. It’s just, well, as I commented at Reading In Color:
Sigh. This is just so disappointing. I loved the original Silver Phoenix cover, and now HC/Greenwillow is getting rid of everything that made it beautiful and distinctive and making the new ones look so blah and generic and Kelley Armstrong-ish. To lose not only the Asian-ness, but to also go from a defiant and determined young woman to those passive, obscured faces? It makes me sad. (And does it make me a bad Asian-American that the lack of Asian-ness is not the main thing that bothers me, but just one several equally bothersome things? Because *I do* wish the new covers had a more recognizably Asian look — preferably via an Asian face — but Ai Ling seems so much weaker now.)
What do you think?
Also, be sure to read Cindy Pon’s thoughts on the cover change.
* yes, this is partly because doing so will increase the quantity and frequency of my blogging, at least in the short term.