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Deja Vu Anyone?

August 19th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

I’m not sure if I was just oblivious to this before but is it just me or does it seem like lately a lot of older young adult books from the 80s or 90s seem to be making a come back?  I started to notice this trend when I bought the LJ Smith Nightworld Vol. 1 omnibus:


Little did I realize until I started reading it that this was a reprint of 3 of her older books that I read back in the 90s, Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness and Spellbinder. They were sold then with these covers:

secretvampire daughtersofdarknessspellbinder

The biggest disappointment was that these were 3 of my least favorite of LJ Smith’s books.  I enjoyed her Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle books much more.  And then I almost did it again when I saw this new cover for Christopher Pike’s Last Vampire series omnibus.


The first one contains: The Last Vampire, Black Blood and Red Dice.  Again 3 books I read back in the 90s.  Here are the covers of the editions I read:


I don’t recall this series too well so I cannot say how much I liked or disliked them back then but I was a big Christopher Pike fan so I think it is pretty safe to say I enjoyed this at the time.  Another thing I noticed when I started going back to see the original editions is the quality of young adult book covers has improved vastly!  Just look at the new covers above compared to the old ones.  No competition and these books are not even some of my favorite YA book covers.  Check these out to see what I mean:


But I digress here.  The latest series I noticed that has been reissued (and sadly this one I do not care for the new cover) is Ellen Emerson White’s The President’s Daughter series which was originally published in the late 80s!  I will admit one good thing about noticing these covers is that I did not realize this was in fact a series.  I had read the second book in the series and loved it!  Now that I know it is a series I am going to have to go and look for the other two books.  The one I read was Long Live the Queen.

This is the new cover: longlivethequeen

vs. the old cover: longlivethequeenOld

Neither of which I thought were great covers but if I had to choose one I would have gone with the old cover.

What shocked me is that most of these reissues have come out in recent years almost 20 years after the original printing.  Does that make them classics?  Somehow it is hard to think of them in that way but I am wondering what has caused this resurgence of interest?  For the Smith and Pike books is it the vampire craze and the authors/publishers wanting to capitalize on this?  I know LJ Smith for one in addition to reprinting her older books she has begun writing new books in her older series like The Vampire Diaries.  I am going to have to check out if Christopher Pike is doing the same.  Now all I am waiting for is to see R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books reissued and I think that covers the triumvirate of paranormal authors I read back in the days.

What is your take on this?  Is this something common I just did not notice before?  Is it because of the paranormal craze?  Lack of new stuff to publish?  Does this irk you if you end up buying a book you already read before not realizing it is the same book but a new cover?  This just happened to me and another book blogger with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.  We didn’t realize her 3rd book was released with a new cover and we picked it up again.

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8 Responses

  1. pusserboots

    I’m glad to see them coming back as I didn’t read them when they were first issued.

  2. BreiaB

    I almost bought the Christopher Pike book, then I read the back and realized I had already read it in the 90s. It definitely irks me to buy stuff twice.

  3. Stephanie

    I loved the Fear Street Series! I think he had an adult book I read awhile ago. I dunno if he is still doing that.

  4. dsuzuki

    Pusserboots-these authors were some of my favorites growing up.
    BreiaB-Seems like it’s happening to me more and more and I really have to stand there and think about if I read the story before.
    Stephanie-I vaguely recall an adult book but can’t remember what it was.

  5. Page

    I’ve noticed the reprint of books with new covers. I almost picked up that Christopher Pike book. It dawned on me that it might be a reprint and I meant to look up which books it was. Now that I know, I might pick it up. I don’t think I read those. Strange because I though I read just about every Christopher Pike book when I was a teen.
    I’m dissappointed you didn’t enjoy the Nightworld series. I haven’t read the first volume yet, but I picked it up because I had read that it was better than the Vampire Diaries series. Maybe need to add that to my list as well just to see.

  6. Page

    Oh, and I love the Fear Street series. His adult book was called Superstitious.

  7. dsuzuki

    Thanks Page! Don’t let me deter you. I know a bunch of people who enjoyed the Nightworld books more than TVD. I do need to read the recent ones since I don’t think I did before. If I recall correctly those vampire books by Christopher Pike came out later, right as I started to outgrow his books.

  8. Belle

    I think publishers must be really raring to take hold of the whole paranormal/vampire trend so are diving into the backlists to see what they can find!

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