There are an infinite number of possible book covers. There is a somewhat smaller number of good book covers. It was inevitable that, given the number of books I come across, I would start to see some that were very similar to others.
Dutch angles! They’ve been around forever, but it’s starting to get out of control.
The title is too big!
When I browse through the coming soon lists, covers like these give me serious déjà vu. These categories don’t even take into account book covers that have similar color schemes, layouts, and fonts. As I looked for covers to put this post together, I found myself finding new cliches that I could have included (black feathers falling on a pastel background, broken glass incorporated into the title, dark figures walking down a road, covers with so much going on in the background that I couldn’t actually read the title, etc.) This post could have been huge!