There are a few risks when a publisher goes with a face on a book cover. First, the risk that the cover model just doesn't fit a reader's vision for the book (or the author's). Then, there's the risk that the cover model also looks like someone else -- in some cases, a celebrity. Then again, being reminded of someone famous (and usually likable) isn't necessarily a problem. In certain cases, it even seems deliberate!
I've had people tell me numerous times that the cover model on Like Mandarin looks like a young Kate Winslet, while the girl on Wanderlove looks like Kiera Knightley (or Shannyn Sossamon, as someone told me on Twitter today).
YA Highway's Kody Keplinger has been told bunches of times that the cover model on Shut Out resembles Liv Tyler.
With our books, it's definitely an accident, or coincidence -- the models don't really look like the celebrities in general, just in these particular pictures. However, some cover models looks so much like celebrities, I can't imagine the publisher didn't know exactly what they were doing. For example:
I'm pretty sure the publisher of Richelle Mead's first Vampire Academy book knew this cover model looks just like Angelina Jolie.
And Christopher Pike's Thirst (a vampire book, of course) came out right when True Blood got huge -- tell me this model doesn't look just like Sookie Stackhouse/Anna Paquin?
I asked my YA Highway co-bloggers for more suggestions.
Some of my co-bloggers think the cover models on Julia Karr's XVI and Melissa Marr's Radiant Shadows look like Selma Blair.
The cover model on Kimberly Derting's The Pledge definitely resembles Maggie Grace from Lost (... or Aimee Teegarden from Friday Night Lights, I just realized)
Next, I asked my Twitter followers for more suggestions. I received tons! Here's a selection:
I agree that the model on Lauren DeStefano's Wither totally looks like Mandy Moore.
The model on Kiersten White's Paranormalcy looks a lot like Scarlett Johansson
My Twitter followers found Ashton Kutcher lookalikes on Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star and Stasia Ward Kehoe's Audition.
The model (what we see of her!) on Ally Carter's I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You looks like Alicia Silverstone -- or Cher from Clueless.
The girl on the front of Suzanne Lazear's Innocent Darkness really could be Ashley Benson (Hanna from Pretty Little Liars).
The guy on Kelly Creagh's Nevermore looks like a goth version of Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli from Heroes)
Do you guys agree with these YA cover celebrity lookalikes?
Can you think of any more? Link in the comments!