This week’s MM
We all know the old adage about not judging a book by it’s cover, but just how much sway does a book cover have when it comes to your choice of book – whether buying or borrowing? Are there any books you’ve bought based on the cover alone?
The book cover definitely plays a part in how I select a book. If i’m simply browsing among the stacks I will pick up the one that interests me the most or one that grabs my attention. I am easily turned off by bad cover designs such as those that are typically depicted on chick-lit fiction. I can assume many of them contains perfectly well written stories but the covers repulse me and I don’t want anything to do with them. A bit harsh, I know, but I think those covers contribute to the trivialisation of the chick-lit genre. The writing aren’t all bad. I also don’t like movie-tie in covers. Absolutely horrendous. The only one I’ve seen that is well done is ‘Notes on a Scandal’ – partly because it is artistically done and Cate Blanchett is gorgeous to boot. 🙂
If I have a title in mind, then the cover doesn’t matter to me although it does help if they have a nice cover. Penguin does a fantastic job with its covers, in my opinion. I’ve never bought a book based on the cover alone though.