I was in Waterstones today, and saw Holly Black’s books being very prominently displayed in the SF/F section with new covers.
The new “grownup” ones are above, the original YA ones below. I have to say that I prefer the YA ones myself. The new ones are fairly generic and look more as though they should be shelved in the Mystery / Crime / Suspense sections.
I’ve been meaning to try Holly Black for ages – I remember reading some pretty good reviews last year, the year before? I never did get around to buying “Tithe” though. So maybe the new covers aren’t a bad thing, they certainly have me considering these books again.
I’m trying to remember other teenage/adult crossovers. There has been lots of talk recently around UK v US covers, but not much around teenage v. adult covers. I know Philip Pullman’s books have different covers and so do Maria V Snyder’s “Study” books. Oh, and obviously the Harry Potter books. And Harlequin Teen’s re-releasing PC Cast’s Goddess books soon.
So maybe it’s not that unusual – what struck me about this one was the direction, i.e. teenage to adult, instead of the other way around. I’m thinking the massive success of Stephenie Meyer is encouraging publishers to think about already-published YA books that would have mass appeal. And if it’s in the paranormal / urban fantasy genre, even better!
Are there any recent crossovers that have caught your eye recently? Or what do you think of this trend?