The original covers were very minimalistic and featured one element from the protagonist of that story. The new covers take inspiration from the characters as well. Each of the latest versions has its own color scheme that meshes well with the other books in the series.
The 1954 cover falls flat, much like many book covers from that time period. In contrast, the 2016 cover took inspiration from an important scene and placed it directly on the cover. Plus, it's a lot more eye-catching.
Though the original cover art isn't terrible, the new cover is definitely an upgrade for modern readers. And, while the international versions deserve honorable mentions as well, this cover from 2019 just fits in with other modern mysteries.
Since it was published, Emma has seen many beautiful and unique covers. But the most recent special edition stands out. The Spring Season Edition from Thomas Nelson features a laser-cut design and a fantastic color story.
Looking at the original cover, you might think this is either a textbook or a memoir. You’d be wrong for thinking that. The new cover feels more like a work of fiction. It has a dark academia vibe that fits right in with the college setting of the plot.
This classic has seen numerous redesigns, but the newest cover takes the original one and modernizes it. The 1897 cover features a plain red background with an illustrated person in a chair. The 2020 cover adds patterns to the background and makes the illustration white to make it pop.