Shelf Analysis: The Big Red Dress

So, has anyone else noticed something rather red about YA covers as of late? Big, red and rather poofy?

Yes, I am talking about all the gorgeous red dresses that are gracing YA book covers. While I absolutely love all these covers, I am rather perplexed by the trend.  Was there a fashion notice that I missed?  Should I be rushing out and buying matching gowns to go with my books?

Dark Heart Rising by Lee Monroe
Forgiven by Janet Fox
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Captured by Maggie L. Wood
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Die for Me by Amy Plum


Dark Angel by Eden Maguire

Supernaturally by Kiersten White (Thank you, Maggie, for pointing this one out!)

I feel like I’ve missed some out – are there any other red dress books I’ve skipped?  Not that seven nine is exactly a small number… in fact, I didn’t realise how many red dress books there were out there until I put together this post. And any thoughts on the trend?  While I like it, I’m not sure I get it…