Dear Fierce Reads,
Today you revealed your new redesign for the Winner Series by . I want to begin with saying that Winner’s Crime was one of the first books that I reviewed on my blog and I felt a connection to Kestrel that I hadn’t found in a lot of female characters. In a world where many of the female characters went through a phase that boasted tough and pants wearing heroines (a backlash to the damsels in distress era) Kestrel stood above the rest. She lived in a world were everyone was expected to join the military and fight. With the added pressure of her father being the General she continuously fought through out the series to make her own, non violent and strategic, place in her society. I loved this!
But, when I saw the covers of the new redesign my heart sank. Along with others in the book community the proverbial slap to all who have loved this book was felt; hard and bitter. It was made even worse when it was asked if the red dress design wasn’t happening and the response was:
….wanted Kestrel to look as bad*** as she is so we thought a redesign was in order!
— Fierce Reads (@FierceReads) December 11, 2015
My question to this is why? Why does Kestrel, a girl who mentions all over the series how she doesn’t know and isn’t really good at fighting pictured with swords and armor? Why is it necessary to redesign not only the covers of the previously published books but the last, and highly anticipated, last book in the series? I agree, the redesign has all the world to do with making Kestrel look bad ass, but in a complete and total lie to who she really is. She is bad-ass, and she doesn’t need your cover redesign to make her any more than she already is.
More than me, more than the bloggers who spent time promoting and loving these covers (and spent money buying and waiting to complete their set) I feel like this is a betrayal to Marie Rutkoski. The original covers convinced readers to love Kestrel as she was and how she was written by her author. It didn’t misgiving the readers into assuming and expecting her to be anything that she was; a girl who loved dresses and outwitted people with her mind instead of her sword. But now that I see these new redesigned covers I feel dread for Kestrel and Marie and her beautiful writing. How many new readers of the series are going to pick up this book expecting her to be something that she is not and become disenchanted with the series? As much as I’d like to say that a book should not be judged by their cover they are and this cover does not represent the insides.
Please Fierce Reads, listen to the people who love this series. Make the covers represent the beautiful and kick ass heroine that Kestrel really is!
A disheartened reader,
Edit: I wanted to begin this by saying that Fierce Reads is a wonderful company and that this does not stop me from loving them as a whole. This opinion is only about my frustration about one and only one decision and does not mean that I no longer love and feel like they’re a kick ass publishing house!
Okay, so what do you guys think of the new covers vs. the older version? Do you agree? Disagree?