Speaking of HarperCollins: Lit blogger Bookburger has notices a curious new trend in the design of covers for teen novels: Decapitation. More and more releases from HarperTeen — Bookburger cites three examples from the spring catalogue — feature cover images of teenage bodies with the attached head conveniently cropped off. It's a strange trend, and an objectifying one, but it's also sort of inexplicable to be coming from Harper right now. If nothing else in the last few weeks, hasn't the publisher learned it might be best to stay far away from beheadings?
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