Created By: Pichu-kun on April 20, 2017 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on May 26, 2017
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Themed Covers

The cover art of a series of works follows a specific pattern or theme.

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Works will often have their covers follow a certain design theme. This helps make the series feel intertwined and gives it a visual flare. Sometimes the covers will even provide an Easter Egg or story if you place them side-by-side.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Every Assassination Classroom volume cover features Koro-sensei's face, the color and emotion varying across each one.

Literature
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Overall, the main English covers follow a certain design: a small boxed image of a major cat from the book with the background depicting an event from the book.
    • The alternate UK-exclusive English covers for the series often feature photographs of trees on the bottom with the eyes of a photographed cat above the title.
    • The Russian covers have a cover pattern that makes them look like leather books.
    • The German, Austrian, Finish, and several other European covers are similar to the alternate UK covers. They feature a photograph of a cat's face with art of cats on the bottom. The Slovenian covers have the same idea but use different photos and art.
    • The alternate German and Austrian covers feature a cat on a medallion.
    • The Simplified Chinese covers have a retraux look to them. The way they're coloured and the style of the cats looks like a cover for a mid-1900s book more than a 21st century one.
    • The alternate Japanese cover features a drawing of a cat on top with a white, silhouetted scene on the bottom half.
  • Seeker Bears covers are similar to Warrior Cats covers. They feature art of the bears in the background with a box featuring a close-up of an important bear in the center.
  • The famous original covers of the Animorphs series show a character morphing into an animal through a string of intermediate images, against a tinted cloud backdrop. The Animorph books almost always featured the narrating character on the cover and an animal featured in the book (the animal that was the end result of the morph always had cut overlayed from a graphic of the scene depicted in a book). They did like to play with this too. In five cases, the animal in question was not real (and in one case, the animal wasn't real within the universe, but the result of a temporary power boost allowing the character to morph into animals she could make up, the other four were aliens). With four unique morphs, humans were the most featured end result, each one was a unique individual (one human was an older version of the character). Although two books featured a Red-Tailed Hawk and human morphing, the first one (book #3) was human into hawk and the second one was hawk into (same individual) human (book #13). Finally, one book featured an animal that did not appear in the story (human to ant) but was important. In this case, the morph was only partially done to prove that the character could do it. The ant was never the less important as the character's Call-Back to the one time he did it for real and the trauma from the experience served as a metaphor for the plot of the book, making it significant to the story.
  • Gemma Doyle: The cover of each book of the trilogy is of a girl in Victorian clothes, as seen here.

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Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • April 20, 2017
    KaiYves
    • The famous original covers of the [[Literature/Animorphs Animorphs]] series show a character morphing into an animal through a string of intermediate images, against a tinted cloud backdrop.
  • April 21, 2017
    Arivne
    Re-wrote the Laconic: "The cover-arts to a work follow a specific pattern or theme" to "The cover art of a series of works follows a specific pattern or theme."
  • April 21, 2017
    Getta
    I thought many manga covers have themes to them as well.
  • April 21, 2017
    Malady
    • Gemma Doyle: The cover of each book of the trilogy is of a girl in Victorian clothes, as seen here.
  • May 1, 2017
    arimothereindeer
    • Every Assassination Classroom volume cover features Koro-sensei's face, the color and emotion varying across each one.
  • May 2, 2017
    Arivne
    The current Description is a stub and needs to be expanded.
  • May 2, 2017
    hszmv1
    Expanding on Kai Yves entry, the Animorph books almost always featured the narrating character on the cover and an animal featured in the book (the animal that was the end result of the morph always had cut overlayed from a graphic of the scene depicted in a book). They did like to play with this too. In five cases, the animal in question was not real (and in one case, the animal wasn't real within the universe, but the result of a temporary power boost allowing the character to morph into animals she could make up, the other four were aliens). With four unique morphs, humans were the most featured end result, each one was a unique individual (one human was an older version of the character). Although two books featured a Red-Tailed Hawk and human morphing, the first one (book #3) was human into hawk and the second one was hawk into (same individual) human (book #13). Finally, one book featured an animal that did not appear in the story (human to ant) but was important. In this case, the morph was only partially done to prove that the character could do it. The ant was never the less important as the character's Call Back to the one time he did it for real and the trauma from the experience served as a metaphor for the plot of the book, making it significant to the story.
  • May 19, 2017
    MetaFour
    I think this is already covered by Idiosyncratic Cover Art.
  • May 19, 2017
    Malady
    ^ I agree. It talks about shared motifs between covers and stuff.

    It's like Idiosyncratic Episode Naming, but for covers.
  • May 19, 2017
    Malady
    Quad-posted by accident... I'll handle example replication...

    Done!
  • May 19, 2017
    Malady
    ^ I agree. It talks about shared motifs between covers and stuff.

    It's like Idiosyncratic Episode Naming, but for covers.
  • May 19, 2017
    Malady
    ^ I agree. It talks about shared motifs between covers and stuff.

    It's like Idiosyncratic Episode Naming, but for covers.
  • May 20, 2017
    MetaFour
    To be honest, I do think Themed Covers is a better title than Idiosyncratic Cover Art.
  • May 21, 2017
    Getta
    ^ TRS that trope then?
  • May 21, 2017
    Malady
    ^ ICA only has 60 wicks. totally underperforming, given how common this is.
  • May 21, 2017
    Getta
    ^ Yay.
  • May 21, 2017
    Malady
    ^ Made it. Good night.
  • May 25, 2017
    Malady
    ^ Okay... So that was a bad TRS...

    "Not all Idiosyncratic covers are themed as that TLP defines it."

    Huh. I thought they were the same trope... Unless the follow is where they diverge? 'Cause they don't share a theme, exactly... instead, they all work together to make something?

    the covers of all the installments of a work form a larger picture when they're placed side by side in the correct order.
  • May 25, 2017
    Getta
    ^ If I were you I'd ask Madrugada for why.
  • May 26, 2017
    Malady
    I need to sleep... Could someone else do it?

    Nevermind. PM-ed him.
  • May 26, 2017
    Madrugada
    OK, I misspoke somewhat there. But that does not change that this is a duplicate of Idiosyncratic Cover Art, nor that you think another name is better is not a valid reason to rename, nor that 60 wicks is not underperforming for the type of trope it is, nor when you take into consideration that simply crosswicking all the examples already on the page would double the number of wicks (There are 127 individual examples on the page. Most of them are 'not listed on the "related" page. Most of the wicks listed are not on the trope page.)
  • May 26, 2017
    Malady
    So... Discard and place ICA on Pages Needing Wicks or something?
  • May 26, 2017
    Madrugada
    Yep.
  • May 26, 2017
    Malady
    ^ I put ICA on Pages Needing An Entry Pimp.

    Bombed.
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