Disclaimer: These are my thoughts, my open, honest and complete thoughts. Please do not take offense/judge me for stating my opinions.
What happens when you buy a book in a series and the next thing you know, the last book ends up being completely different? Do you rage? Are you indifferent? Do you not care about the cover?
Before I became a book blogger, I didn’t care that my books didn’t match. I just bought them regardless of size and cover. Afterwards, I started realizing that they didn’t match at all and became incredibly invested in finding all the books so they would match.
When I mean match, I mean all in hardcover with designs to match and the same size. Or I would get them all in paperback format to match as well. I will even go so far as to get the UK versions because they’re so much prettier. I even have a project to create the SHATTER ME dust jacket and print it out myself.
I am trying to get away from this mindset again. Because doesn’t the content and the stories inside the books matter and not the outside?
I get how annoying it is when they change again. ESPECIALLY the last book because you’re waiting for your collection to be complete! It feels unfinished. It doesn’t match. It sticks out when you put the books together, like it doesn’t belong.
Then there’s the other side where publishers do it to market to a wider audience. To get boy readers involved is probably one of the most relevant reasons why they do this.
Now as a reader I get confused when the book doesn’t match. If it doesn’t have a similar style, I dismiss it. I won’t read the author’s name or the title unless it’s right in front of my face or I’m actively looking for it.