Ok. So there’s not really a “conspiracy”. But I definitely call “CHEATER, CHEATER, PUMPKIN EATER!” Maybe we should start a new feature called “Cover Rip-Offs” on AtLP. Sheesh.
I do not hold this in any way against the authors of these books, as they don’t usually have a say in what the covers of their books look like. Jeanette Battista and Lauren Kate, you’re off the hook. However, the publishers of these books? You have some explaining to do.
I know it has more to do with credits and photo rights and copyrights and all those things. If the original photograph featuring that model is sold to another publisher, they have rights to it, so on and so forth. Whatevs.
It also could be a marketing strategy to lure in readers because the cover image reminds them of a popular, well-received series. It certainly caught my attention when I saw it and recognized the girl from the Fallen cover. If it works, than I guess it’s a smart move on the part of publishing houses.
But all it does for me is piss me off. Would it kill publishers to be a little more original??