“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…”
It’s a fair statement, in lots of situations, but if you put an amateur, unprofessional looking book cover in front of me, that looks as if it was made in Paint or Microsoft Word, I’m probably going to be a bit put off. The same goes with a book cover covered in zombies or ghosts.
Book covers are our first impression, and although we like to think we don’t judge, they provide us with a little insight into the genre and style of the book. If you don’t like scary novels, a book with a terrifying cover probably isn’t for you.
Some books covers have been the sole reason that I picked up the book in the store. Some books covers are intriguing, some are beautiful. Here are some of my favourites, and my reasons why:
The Maze Runner Series:
Giant, bold letters filled with with vivid scenes of dystopia? Yes please. These covers caught my eye, and are what actually led me to buy them. I saw them, uttered “ooooooh” and then read the very intriguing blurb.
One of my favourite books happens to have one of my favourite book covers too. The cover very subtly is violent. Can you spot the barbed wire around the border? The plot of the book based on the cover is practically unknown, despite the eye. It’s like it’s watching you… oh, I wonder why?
Life of Pi:
I haven’t read Life of Pi. I watched the film, and it was breath-taking. Amazing. The book cover portrays what the book is about perfectly. It shows isolation, yet at first glance you can’t deny the thought “what the hell, is that a man on a boat with a tiger?” It’s a really simple, beautiful book cover.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:
It’s such a beautiful cover, my absolute favourite. Matthew bought me this edition in the early years of our relationship, and the edges of the pages are gold – it’s stunning. The cover focuses on the classic, original illustrations too, lovely.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
Honestly, I was initially attracted by the intriguing name. I didn’t have a clue what the book was about, but with a quirky title and a very ambiguous cover, I had to read it. The font is childish, and the colour scheme is very bold, instantly making it feel child-like. I wasn’t wrong! Enjoyable book, you can read my review here.
Do you, from appearance alone, fancy reading any of these books? Have you ever bought a book simply because of it’s cover?