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18 Apr 2013

P is for Purdy Covers

One thing that does attract me to a book is the cover.  I see an interesting cover, then read the blurb, maybe read the first chapter and that's usually my routine in deciding whether I want to buy the book.

So I can be quite fussy with covers.  I don't like black backgrounds with a single face or object on it, which I know is quite popular with paranormal romance.  And it's a shame because I used to read a lot of L.J Smith books when I was in my early teens and before they got republished with new covers I loved how they looked.

There were a few different cover versions floating around at the time when I started reading them:



 I thought these were quite interesting.  The first cover showed a lot of what the book was going to be about, mainly the setting.  The middle one which is another cover version partly showed the trilogy's antagonist but then there's these creepy looking teeth which hints at the darkness and danger throughout the books.  The third cover is from her series Night World.  This one stuck to models but they would try and show an aspect of the book.  This one for example shows a very angry vampire character which I can only guess is Maya.  But they made the models try and show the readers what the books were about rather than doing this:


Bit boring compared to the others.  Just a face.  What does that tell me?

So I need something exciting on the cover.  I want the book to tell me something about the plot or the character.  Anything. 

These are some of my favourite covers:


Do covers have an influence in what you look at in bookstores? Or do you try not to judge a book by its cover? :)


12 comments:

  1. Book covers totally influence me. Not so much if I've been waiting for a book, cause even though I would be disappointed by a rubbish cover I would still but the book. But if I'm just going into a store to browse then a book cover will definitely influence what I'm going to buy. If it has a pretty or interesting cover then I'll pick it up. A title is another thing that needs to be good as well though, cause if all I see is the spine with the title, then I need to be grabbed.

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    1. I know from how much I loved Divergent and Insurgent that I'll be picking up Allegiant. The same with Cress and Winter. I won't care what those books look like I'm reading them. :)

      But it's the same with me. If I'm searching for a new read I'll go cover, blurb, first chapter, decision.

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  2. I try not to judge a book by its cover... but--and I know some of you will cringe when I say this--I'm a guy, and if the cover of the book has some hunky shirtless dude on the cover, I'm less inclined to take it to the counter at Barnes & Noble. One of the things that annoyed me about CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Claire, was the *unnecessary* glowing shirtless dude on the cover. I read the book (ebook, actually). The guy on the cover could have been in full body armor, and it wouldn't have made a jot of difference to the story! That cover felt as if it was pandering to a female audience, perhaps implying a strong romance element (hunky shirtless dude = romance, doesn't it?), and neglecting both the fact that there might be some guys who want to read that book, AND the fact that there really wasn't enough romance in the story (at least IMO) to warrant such marketing.

    Have I been put off buying a book in a bookstore because of its cover? Yes. Absolutely. If (as I noted above) the cover is clearly pandering to a female YA audience, or if the cover uses scantily clad models, I'm less inclined to pick it up in a bookstore. If I *really* want to read the book, I might wait for a paperback edition and hope they redesign the cover, or get it as an ebook where the cover becomes a thumbnail image.

    Great covers: CINDER, LEVIATHAN series, the original Discworld books, the Pan edition of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (see my first ever RTW article!), and I'm sure there are lots more.

    Since I don't read horror, and I'm not really a fan Stephen King, I might have to read TEN... ;)

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    1. The Mortal Instruments aren't my favourite covers. Great world but the whole love triangle and hulking hot guy on the cover turns it all very shallow IMO. I prefer the people on her prequel The Infernal Devices. They're all covered up.

      I've been put off by a lot of books that are just a face of a photoshopped girl or boy.

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  3. Covers are very important to me because they're the thing that capture my attention to begin with. However, it's the blurb that makes me buy the book. A pretty cover just isn't enough.

    Hah, that Point Horror cover up there brings back memories!

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    1. I used to read tons of Point Horror. They were my late 90s and early 00s. ^^

      Definitely need to read the blurb if my interests have been captured. Most of the books on my TBR pile are recommendations that I've read about from others whether it's a review or a blurb.

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  4. Great post! Covers are very important, they're definitely one of the initial things that draw one in. Usually if something pretty catches my eye, I'll check out the back cover and if it sounds interesting, give it a read.

    Have fun with a-z.

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    1. Thanks. :) The more colours and images the better!

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  5. I know the saying is don't judge a book by its cover, but I have to agree covers are so important. They tend to be the first thing that draws me in. I was really happy with how my cover came out I always love when a cover can tell a story.

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    1. You really don't want to decide on a book purely by its cover but you can't help that slight attraction when you see an interesting cover or passing by one because it isn't that intriguing to you. I think that's why I do like the idea of e-books because it allows you to go ahead and buy a book based on more things. You give more books a chance.

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  6. I love covers and yes, I'm definitely drawn to book covers. I'm currently reading Julian Barnes, A Sense of an Ending for my book club read and the book cover is fabulous. the black edging extends to the edging of the pages so the whole side of the book is black as well. It's beautiful. Whatever I think of the book, I'll be keeping it, simply because it is so lovely to look at.

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    1. Just took a look at it and I have to agree with you. It's quite a simple cover but very attractive. If I have the right cover version I love how the words in the title looks like someone has dabbed the ink with a wet tissue. Lovely effect.

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