Booking Through Thursday — Cover
It’s Thursday and time for Booking through Thursday. Today’s Question is as follows:
CAN you judge a book by its cover?
My Answer …
Well for starters I think this is a poorly worded question. Anyone CAN judge a book by its cover. You look at a cover and you judge it … done. So should the question really be Do you judge a book by its cover or Should you judge a book by its cover? My answer to this is it depends.
If I am just browsing through the shelves at a bookstore, after the title, the cover is the first thing I am going to see. If it is eye-catching and appealing the odds of me reading the synopsis increases. If it is ugly and not very well done it can be an easy turn off and I may set the book down without reading any further about it. However, this is all assuming the title hasn’t caught my attention completely. Sometimes I will be so intrigued by the title that I will ignore the frills and decorations and go straight for the meat of the book. I have some books at home with some really ugly covers, but have some really interesting titles and intriguing synopses.
Should books be judged by their covers? Of course not, but it would be nice if all publishing houses put the time and effort to create beautiful and aesthetically pleasing book covers. Of course what may seem aesthetic to me, may not to another, just as one book may be enjoyable to me and may be completely boring for another.
Really covers can just be used as another litmus test when we decide what we want to read. We can’t use them as definitive answers, because if we judged all of the books out there by their covers we would most likely miss out on some great books to read.
I recently read a book that was beautifully written but had a really unappealing cover (or at least unappealing to me):
What do you think of the cover? How would you judge the book? I loved the book (review here), but if I had spotted this at a book store I would never have picked up the book based on the cover.