You need to check out Kate Hart’s post about YA covers from 2011. Awesome graphics and information.
She also takes a good look at minority representation on covers. Not surprisingly, there’s barely any. Also:
“But hey! Only about 6.6% of our girls appear to be dead this year! Which is… still more than our POC representation! But only 1% are actively drowning! So… that’s… kind of a win?”
Curious to see if dead girls still dominate in 2012 and 2013. And can filigree maintain its hold as hottest cover design element?
Thanks to Kate for such an awesome resource!