Friday, May 25, 2012
Can You Judge a Book By Its Cover?
"Why do they say 'Don't judge a book by its cover?' Don't you read the back cover to find out what the book is about, and decide if you want to read it?"
Well, yes and no, I told her. That's not what the saying means, really. There was more to our discussion, until it was time to head to track practice.
But on the drive home from the track, I got to thinking. How often do we actually judge books by their cover art? Quite often, if we're honest with ourselves. I mean, aren't you drawn to a certain "type" of cover when you're in the bookstore? Don't you think some books just * look * poorly written, solely judging by the care the author took in choosing their cover art - even if we know the author doesn't always get the final say?
What do you look for at the library or bookstore? What covers draw you in?
Have you ever read a book with a fabulous cover that was totally disappointing?
Have you ever read a book with an awful-ugly-what-were-they-thinking cover that you loved?