Friday, April 9, 2010
The Book List Meme: Three Book Covers That Fall Flat
This week's Book List Meme topic is the opposite of last week's -- three book covers that just don't do it for me. I'm going to do it the same way and give more general examples of what I don't like in a cover. And just for the record -- this is not a judgment on what is in the book so you don't have to try and convince me that any of these are good! I will never not read a book because of the cover. But ... I have been known to place certain books face down on the table on purpose!
1. There are actually two things I don't like about this cover. One is the big fat ad that is printed on the cover. I hate when they make ads that look like a sticker but they're not. You can't take them off. The other thing that I dislike is when the author's name is printed in a way larger font than the book title -- like it doesn't really matter what the book is. Not a fan.
2. Man nipples and airbrushed abs? Ick. What is romantic about man nipples? And what's with the airbrushed ribs on this one? Airbrushing is icky.
3. Movie tie in covers ... why do they always have a circle on them that says "now a major motion picture"? Are there readers who think that Meryl Streep and George Clooney just pose for book covers? Duh! And I just don't like having these actors interfering with my own mental picture. This one is even worse because "Julie" is a real person. Why can't she get her own picture on the book?
Maybe I will expand on these later in a bookish pet peeves post. I like to rant about book covers!
Taking off my cranky pants,