On Alternative Dust Jackets

*image by booknerdrox on instagram

While scrolling my instagram feed, as one does more often that one wants to admit, I came across this image. It’s beautiful, it’s compelling, it’s eye-catching. I had no idea what it was until a third pass at the tagging.

It’s the Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I’m currently reading the books.


I do actually like alternative dust jackets, I actually have a set of Harry Potter ones displayed in my home, despite owing the originals too. And these pictured here are literal works of art – I wouldn’t mind owning them at all. (I might actually check to see if I can find them online after writing this, but I somehow doubt these are for purchase). But I also love original cover art, and books are so expensive and duplicates unnecessary. There’s something special about being able to purchase a book in a series as it comes out over time. And yet, the artists who create alternative covers make something special too, and in this instance I think they’re more evocative than the originals.

What do you think, readers? Are you pro original covers or pro alternative covers? Let me know.