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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Cover Bias

I'm one of those people who shouts, "Ooh! Colors pretty!" at a nice book cover. If I'm at the bookstore, I want to hold the precious; if I'm on Amazon, I'm more apt to scroll the reviews and summary. The author has my attention…at least for the next ten seconds. 

For me, the greatest covers belong to the Choose Your Own Adventure series. This article from Slate made me feel all gushy and nostalgic. Even now, when I see that familiar font, and those cover pictures it brings me back. I used to read those books every day until I wore them out. Which Way books weren't so bad, either. I was so obsessed, I even played the hybrid Apple II+/book titles back in the '80s. Obsessed!

Someday I'll write a post about my love affair with Choose Your Own Adventure. It will be very long.

I only have one pet peeve when it comes to covers: faces. I know it's popular, especially in romance, to show a picture of the main character before the reader even starts turning pages. I'm probably in the minority, but if I see someone on the cover, I can't visualize them correctly while I'm reading. It's like the character moves through the book wearing a mask. This is especially true with movie adaptations. When I read Jurassic Park, I'd already seen the trailer for the movie. Ruined it. And yes, my imagination is fickle. I'm just being honest. This is why I'm so hesitant about watching Game of Thrones, and why I can't read the Charlotte Harris books after watching True Blood. Hell, Robert Redford almost ruined my first reading of The Great Gatsby, for crying out loud.

Judging a book by its cover is the subject for Fellow Writers Tuesday Blog Hop . This is my first. Thought I would come out and play.


  1. Um - I like to make up my own mind what a character looks like - and Robert Redford was never a good Gatsby!! - It's the sameness of the colours that get me down - dark/re/gold/ for horror vampire etc -pastel for chick lit - sepia for nostalgia etc

  2. I have to say I love your cover. Great image:) I totally agree with you about faces on covers. I like to have my own image of the characters and settings don't help me LOL. Great post :)

  3. Your cover for Nether looks interesting!

  4. Good post Jason, and I agree with you about faces on books - especially for erotica/romance which is what I write.
    When they are traditionally pubbed, that's what they will likely have. It's cliché, but it probably sells.
    As an indie, I was able to design my own -it's something I love doing, and I refused to put faces on mine for the reasons you pointed out.

    Like yours for Rogue's Curse - especially the title font.