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Book Covers: Want I Want to See (or Not)

October 17th, 2010 (07:58 pm)
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You know what I'd like to see on the YA shelf, or on all shelves, for that matter? Books with plain covers that simply bear titles and bylines. I know the art and marketing departments of various publishing houses would be shocked by this endeavor, but think of the results such an experiment would yield. People would actually have to pick up a book and READ the first few pages in order to discover the premise of the story. Perish the thought!

Really, though. Think about how it would be if book covers were as plain and simple as they used to be years ago. You wouldn't be drawn to (or perhaps not drawn to) a book because of the model on the cover. You wouldn't be upset when you saw a flawless blonde depicted on the cover when the main character is actually a nearsighted brunette. Instead of being repulsed by the awkwardly combined photos and clip art (When Good PhotoShop Goes Bad: Coming up next on the 10 o'Clock News!) you would be curious to discover what the title meant and who was telling the story and why.

The books might surprise you - and you might surprise yourself when you discover what you really look for when you go hunting for a good book!

Here are three wonderful YA novels with titles and covers which may deceive you:
Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke
Swollen by Melissa Lion
The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti

I wrote this piece for Holly Cupala's What Bloggers Want series.

Comments

Posted by: Sarah Stevenson (aquafortis)
Posted at: October 18th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)

I'm actually really happy there isn't a person on the cover of my book. In fact, I love the cover--but I got a lot of input. I'm so pleased about that.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 18th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)

Excellent.

Posted by: thepageflipper.blogspot.com (ext_139062)
Posted at: October 19th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)

I think Kindles/Nooks/ebooks are good for that. Sure, when you're eshopping, covers still matter, but it's not to the extent as at a brick-and-mortar bookstore. You're not buying the actual printed book, so covers aren't as important. But I agree with you - covers can definitely be deceiving.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 19th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)

It's different when it's intangible, isn't it?

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