You know the famous catch phrase that demands that one should not judge the value of a novel solely based on a pleasant cover?
That saying has no say over judging a cover based on, well, the cover.
I know firsthand how dangerous it is to pick out books by the covers. I have touched that hot stove over and over, and I have the scars to prove it. However, that doesn’t stop me from completely LUSTING over covers! I have learned how to appreciate the art of a cover and not fall prey to the pretty trap set up for readers. Instead, I simply just save a picture to drool over later.
So what covers attract me? What do I secretly love that other bloggers and readers complain over? What do I not mind seeing over and over until my eyes pop out of my head? Needless to say, there are a whole heap of answers. For this discussion, I will touch on 3 of my favorite cover styles.
(note: I am posting praise for the cover ONLY – this has no reflection on my opinion of any books and/or authors.)
I will not deny this. The industry is littered with ginger and fair redheads. And you know what? I don’t mind it ONE BIT!
For someone who doesn’t read a lot of fantasy, I find that the fantasy related covers draw me in.
I LOVE a good drawing. I have a lot of respect for people who have such skills. Many book covers tote illustrations, and I have a lot of love in my heart for drawn cover art.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. As I collect and admire book covers, I’ll add to my growing list of love.