Books with strangely similar covers
Ever notice that every so often, there’s one image that seems to be on every book cover on the shelf? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt recently called out book cover trends in season 2, when a nanny tells Jacqueline, “I was finally able to finish my tell-all book about my boss. It’s called Sippy Cup Rosé, and it’s going to have a shoe on the cover!” (Ahem, Devil Wears Prada.)
Below, find a few copycat covers that make you see double (or, in one case, triple).
1. Hotels of North America by Rick Moody (2015) vs. Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs (2016)
These books both have matchboxes on the cover. To be fair, Hotels of North America is a matchbook, and Lust & Wonder is a matchbox. The similarities continue: the match containers are both red, with all-caps text in black and white.
2. The New World by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz (2015) vs. Moxyland by Lauren Beukes (2016)
These faces are nearly identical, they’re almost the same size, and the proportions are the same, right down to the shape of the ears. Both are drawn with uneven lines.
3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (2013) vs. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (2015)
These covers feature strikingly similar-looking young women. Both are pale brunettes wearing sunglasses. Their lips are the same color. The noses are even similarly stylized. Both have the same teal and yellow color scheme.
4. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk (2015) vs. Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow (2015)
Palahniuk and Apatow borrowed emojis for their covers, but the similarities extend all the way to the spines, where columns of the symbols run down both editions. Both feature happy, sad, and evil, though not in the same order. (And it’s worth noting that these came out just weeks apart.)
5. Your Heart Is A Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa (Hardcover, January 12, 2016) vs. Nobody’s Son by Mark Slouka (Hardcover, October 18, 2016)
Two eyes, both crying, both drawn with thick black lines, both taking the same pupil color as the cover’s background. For all we know, they could be from the same face.
6. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (2013) vs. The Ladies of Managua by Eleni N. Gage (May 5, 2015)
Wolitzer and Gage’s rainbow covers are both made up of vertical, uneven brushstrokes. Although the lines on The Interestings are made of watercolor that bleed into each other, and the The Ladies of Managua‘s lines are wavy and have some blank space in between, the two achieve a very similar effect.
7. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (2015) vs. The Star-Touched Queen (2016)
Here we have covers that feature women walking away from the viewer and toward the horizon. Both are surrounded by darkness, not to mention the curved and ornate decoration that flank the women on the books’ borders.
8. Shelter by Jung Yun (2016) vs. The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter (2016) vs. Hold Still by Lynn Seager-Strong (2016)
There’s definitely a water theme here, in addition to the same blue/green color palette. At least the water appears in different states on each: condensation on a window (Shelter), water stains (The First Time She Drowned), and droplets on a window (Hold Still). Shelter and The First Time She Drowned came out on the same day, with Hold Still following a week after.