One of the blogs I read is Stacked. Stacked is written by three teen librarians who blog about everything from YA book reviews to author interviews to commentary on YA books.
This past week, Stacked had a great post about Cover Art Trends and the Female Body. I highly recommend reading it. It’s a long post, so give yourself some time. In the post, three areas are covered: Girls are Submissive, Bodies are to judge, Girls are made of parts, Only from the backside. The posts also gives examples of cover art which portrays strong females. More and more YA books use stock photos for cover art. This use of stock photos brings up some good issues which Stacked covers both in this week’s post and previous posts such as:
Girls under water as a cover trend
Windswept hair on covers
This whole topic of YA cover art and portraying the female body would be a great thing to discuss with a group of teen girls in a writing group, library, school, or after-school club. If you do discuss this topic with a group of girls, please leave a comment below about it.