Weekly Geeks: Covers
Nothing irritates me like a good book with a bad cover. I’ve said it on Facebook, and I’ll say it here — a bad cover can ruin an entire reading experience. Take a look at the covers from one of my favorite books above: can you deny that each cover seems to reflect a completely different book?
For whatever reason, a book’s cover has a profound impact on how I feel about what’s between those pieces of cardboard. I’m now reading Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things, which on my copy is mostly white and blue, very clean and almost tranquil. Even though the stories themselves are somewhat terrifying, I can’t help but feel somewhat peaceful while reading it, and all because of that blue robin’s egg on the front.
Cover color is the reason I ended up reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, too — the teal backdrop with the chocolate frosting and the yellow cake just screamed, “THIS IS A BOOK YOU WOULD ENJOY.” The book itself ended up being vaguely unsatisfying, but no one can deny that the cover is wonderful.
Good books with bad covers can also be unsettling, sadly. I have been putting off reading Possession by A. S. Byatt because I hate the cover of my copy. The first page seems good and I’ve heard wonderful things about it, but I don’t know what is going on with the people on the cover. Sure, that’s Merlin and Nimue, which probably means the book has something to do with forbidden love or one-sided love or (most likely) seduction that leads to a tragic yet unavoidable destruction. But I won’t be able to forget about the weird look on that guy’s face the whole time I am reading. How much different my reading experience would be if I were reading this version!
But maybe not everyone is as cover-oriented as I am. Do you like your covers to be beautiful, or are you more a “love what’s on the inside” kind of reader? Tell me all about it below!