Friday, May 22, 2009

You're The Expert: Covers

We've all heard the old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover."

Sometimes though, I find it hard to not judge a product by its packaging. Let's get real for a second. A cover is the book's packaging, right? Do you struggle as I do? A book's cover is the first thing that you see. It makes the first impression on you as to what the book's themes and content might be. The blurb often comes second to the cover.

I want the honest truth now:

Have you ever...
judged a book by its cover?
misjudged a book by its cover?
passed over a book solely because the cover didn't look interesting?
bought a book because of its cover?
been drawn to a book because of its cover?
seen a book whose cover has nothing to do with the story?
spotted a cover from across the store and picked up a book you wouldn't have if you wouldn't have spotted that cover?
hated the font of the book title?


Yan said...

Of course! Duh, that's the whole purpose behind the title of my blog :P

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Cinnamon said...

I am here, procrastinating on my homework and my work-work. I ALWAYS judge a book by its cover. I'll be honest about that. I can't help it. Very visual here. Gorgeous cover then it comes home with me. Not so gorgeous cover then someone has to recommend it first.

I very often misjudge a book by its cover. Some absolutely beautiful ones have very nice stories but really aren't for me. Other ones have ... nice covers but have absolutely fabulous stories. Lucky for me, I like reading in general so my misjudgments don't matter as much.

As above, I do often pass a book up because of the cover. J.R. Ward, for instance. The covers (apart for Lover Avenged) did not really draw me in. Some great recommendations, however, and I picked up the first. Now, I cannot go to bed without some Brothers for company. Seriously - love the BDB.

Most books I buy are because of the cover as long as they fit in the genres that I typically like to read. I mean, I do read the blurb and that goes into my decision, but even if I'm hesitant on the story, if the cover is great I must have it. Same goes for being drawn to the book.

There have been a couple books where I was like, what? What is this the cover for. As far as a specific example, can't think of one off the top of my head, but I know there have been some.

Ghostland was one book that I saw on a shelf way across the store and immediately decided that it was coming home with me.

There have been a few books that I hated the font on, but that doesn't matter as much to me. As long as I can still read the title, we're good.

Insert Book Title said...

I hate to say this...but I judge by the cover all the time.

Kay said...

The answer to these questions is: all the time!

And this is one thing that the book-bloggers community helped me get over a little; it seems I missed many books by judging them by their covers, but reading the reviews helped change my mind on some.

But I continue doing it; I ignore books with bad covers and buy some because of their cover. Hey, I bought "Emma" from Jane Austen three times because of this bad habit! (Luckily though, it's not something I've repeated with other books hehe!)

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Jo said...

Have you ever judged a book by its cover?Yes. Normally in a negative way, meaning if I don't like a book cover, it may put me off a book, not that I'll necessarily read a book if the cover is nice. For nice covers I tend to go on the blurb.
I don't like the orginal UK cover for Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr - nor the blurb, really - but I had to read it for a book club, and now I love it. I don't like any of the Southern Vampires novels by Charlaine Harris, but I've heard they're really good, so I'm trying them. The covers really put me off though. They seem childish and gimicky to me.

Have you ever misjudged a book by its cover?Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr - but by it's blurb as well. I didn't actually like the sound of it either.

Have you ever passed over a book solely because the cover didn't look interesting?I'm not sure, to be perfectly honest. I know I may not like the cover, but if it's something I've been recommended, I'll always check out the blurb, and then decide. Being a fantasy fan, if it's in the fantasy section, I'll have a look, or if it's in the YA section, and has a fantasy-esque cover, whether I like it or not, I'll read the blurb.

Have you ever bought a book because of its cover?Not that I'm aware of. Not JUST for the cover.

Have you ever been drawn to a book because of its cover?Oh sure. You just have to look at Lisa Shearin's book covers and think WOW!

Have you ever seen a book whose cover has nothing to do with the story?Not thant I can think of, but possibly. I have read a huge amount of books. I can't really remember right now.

Have you ever spotted a cover from across the store and picked up a book you wouldn't have if you wouldn't have spotted that cover?No I don't think so, I'm not sure my eye-sight is that good ;)

Have you ever hated the font of the book title?Oh gosh, I don't think so. I don't pay too much attention to the font... I don't think I can remember what the font is like for the last book I've read, let alone all of them, lol.

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Darcy Wishard said...

ha ha great minds think alike? Like I said I brought it because kids drive me nuts when they do it but then I realized we ALL do it to!
The most recent cover I felt didn't jive with the book is "Willow" by Julia Hoban, I really liked the book but the girl on the cover does not jive with how Willow is described in the book. Not really a big deal but makes ya go hmmmmm?
I think the first cover I remember being totally in love with was "Wicked Lovely" it seems like (maybe I'm wrong) that it started a really cool trend of covers.
There now I've given a few cents too. Thanks!

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