All around awesome writer and blogger Kate Hart did a comprehensive analysis here of 2011 YA book covers. I can't even imagine the time it took her to compile all this info. She told me she doesn't watch television at all, but this was still an enormous task to take on. Her study yielded results from the interesting (blue is the most common color of traditionally published YA books) to the sad (the downright dismal amount of ethnic diversity in cover models).
Kate followed this up with another post that clarified some reader questions,
and addressed what writers can do to help--especially writers who are
white (like me). It's very thought-provoking and has me thinking about
my own responsibility as an author. Though I have characters in my books
who are ethnically and sexually diverse (LGBT), I'm not sure how much
control I'd have over the covers. Per Kate's post, even mega-author John
Green admitted not loving several of his book covers. I'm not sure what the answer is but Kate poses some great questions that we, as writers, need to keep asking.
Have you read these posts? What are your thoughts on these issues? Anyone else happy to see the decrease in dead girl covers?