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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Covers follow-up
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: October 26th, 2014 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not nearly as up on YA as you are (obviously) so most of this is news to me; fascinating stuff. About the headless girl trend; it depends on what you mean by short-lived. I think the first big book to have one on the cover was "The Other Boleyn Girl" which came out in 2001 and roughly 75% of historicals centering around women have copied that cover in some way; either the heroine is headless or facing away from the reader, presumably so the reader can project herself into the woman's place. It seems to be dying down now but has obviously trickled down to YA ... I hope it doesn't make it to picture books, because that would be disturbing.
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