1990s Teen Book Covers: Then and Now

04/23/2013 7:48PM | Posted by: Margot-TeamEpicReads | Lists!
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Which cover was better: the original 1990s versions or the present day designs?

 

90s on the left, current on the right.

 

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (1990)

 

 

 

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block (1991)

 

 

The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith (1992)

 

 

 

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith (1991)

  

 

 

 

That Summer by Sarah Dessen (1998)

  

 

 

 

Sabriel by Garth Nix (1995)

  

 

 

 

Leaving Fishers by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1997)

  

 

 

 

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1999)

  

 

 

 

Life in the Fat Lane by Cherie Bennett (1998)

  

 

 

 

If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan (1994)

  

 

 

 

First Test by Tamora Pierce (1999)

  

 

 

 

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999)

  

 

 

 

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995)

  

 

 

 

Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume (1993)

  

 

 

 

Fear Street by R.L. Stine (1989)

  

 

 

 

Fear Street by R.L. Stine (1991)

  

 

 

 

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (1997)

  

 

 

Shade’s Children by Garth Nix (1998)

  

User Comments 23 comments

  1. April 23, 2013 | 8:02 pm

    I like the 90′s covers for “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” and “The Golden Compass” better than the current ones. But I like the current ones for the others.

  2. April 23, 2013 | 8:16 pm

    I prefer the original Blood and Chocolate cover, the new one seems like someone was asleep when they created it and if you’ve ever actually read the book the transformation on her hand is accurate to the books description. I feel they put more effort into the original.

  3. April 23, 2013 | 8:59 pm

    I prefer the older covers for Sabriel and The Golden Compass, but most of the remodels are really nice!

  4. April 23, 2013 | 9:07 pm

    I love the original Fear Street, Bury Me Deep, and The Vampire Diaries. I always try to find original, non-movie, non-TV book covers.

    The others are nice updates.

  5. April 24, 2013 | 9:21 am

    I personally like the new covers, but I think that it’s the market they are selling to. If I was to see the original covers on the shelves at a store I more than likely not want to read it, even now knowing they’re wonderful books.

  6. April 24, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    The originals are always better, to me, than any movie or TV tie-in covers, especially when the original is as amazing as, say, the perks cover. Other than that, though, the new ones are just as good, and often better.

  7. April 24, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    From a graphic designer perspective, I prefer the covers these days. The 90′s used more traditional illustration and photography. Now with all the Adobe Creative Suite programs we can make awesome digital illustrations. And for the most part there’s more emphasis on legible and elegent Typography and better colors, not eye-soar bright colors that don’t go together. (Like the Christopher Pike books)

  8. April 24, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith (1991)
    New one
    That Summer by Sarah Dessen (1998)
    New one
    Sabriel by Garth Nix (1995)
    Like both actually
    Leaving Fishers by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1997)
    New one
    Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1999)
    Old one- the new one makes me think it’s some chic lit type book
    Life in the Fat Lane by Cherie Bennett (1998)
    Old one- new one the girl is too pretty and you can hardly see the title.
    If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan (1994)
    Both are rather awesome and emotional
    First Test by Tamora Pierce (1999)
    New one
    The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999)
    New one
    The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995)
    Old one
    Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume (1993)
    Old one but the t-shirt is very 90’s
    Fear Street: New girl by R.L. Stine (1989)
    Both but the old one the clothes are dated
    Fear Street: Bury me Deep by R.L. Stine (1991)
    Ugh netither
    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (1997)
    Old one
    Shade’s Children by Garth Nix (1998)
    Both are very cool

  9. April 24, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    While I do think that most of the current covers are better designs, I do think it’s pretty apparent for most of these that YA covers are “sexier” now than they used to be.

  10. April 24, 2013 | 4:35 pm

    The Sabriel cover change isn’t too bad, though I still prefer the old school 90s cover! I’m a bit disappointed in the change for The Vampire Diaries (even though I love the show, mind you).

  11. April 24, 2013 | 5:07 pm

    I definitely prefer the 90′s covers of The Perks and The Golden Compass! I think the new one for The Golden Compass is a little blah and as for The Perks, I’ve always detested movie covers of books.

  12. April 26, 2013 | 3:13 am

    I adore all the new covers with some exceptions 1. R.L Stines covers hold dear to my heart they are what I read growing up I still have my Bury Me Deep original book ahhh! =D 2. Blood & Chocolate old cover is way more interesting than the new & 3. Book covers that are TV Show/Movie covers are ok but sometimes I like to picture what the characters in the books look like through my own vision/mind not an actor who is playing the role.

  13. April 26, 2013 | 3:16 am

    oops I meant to included Christopher Pike for Bury Me Deep all that excitement got to me sorry …lol

  14. April 27, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    I actually like the 90s version of Just Ella better. And I think they should have stuck with the original covers for the Vampire Diaries considering the main character is actually blonde in the book. I also like the original Fear Street cover better.

  15. April 27, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    I prefer the 90s cover of Perks better. I’ve never been a fan of movie covers.

  16. May 18, 2013 | 10:39 pm

    I love the old and new Christopher Pike covers they are classic!!!!!

  17. July 23, 2013 | 8:38 pm

    I like all the new covers except for “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” “The Golden Compass,” “Bury Me Deep,” and “Blood and Chocolate”.

  18. July 24, 2013 | 10:10 pm

    I sort of like the originals more then the new ones. They seem more creative!

  19. July 25, 2013 | 12:23 am

    Some of these covers make me cringe

  20. July 25, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    I like the new covers best. Except from: “Fear street. The new girl”. The cover from 1989 was definitely better than the current one.

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  22. February 9, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    You’ve got the title wrong for Bury Me Deep, it’s not Fear Street. Just thought you might want to know :)

  23. October 12, 2014 | 9:12 pm

    The Vampire Diaries one hit me right in the nostalgia spot. Ow…owwww…

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