Monday, 25 January 2010
Do we judge a book by its cover?
Never judge a book by its cover! or so the saying goes, but sometimes I think we all do. How many of you have been drawn to a book just because of the artwork or picture? I will plead guilty on all accounts a wonderful cover has already enticed me in, I then tend to flick it over and read a bit about the story but even if the story doesn't sound too absorbing I am willing to give it a go.
No wonder publishers strive for the right cover as we the book buying public can be oh so fickle. Of course I have read some fantastic books which didn't have a cover or a cover that did nothing for me.
I discovered one of my favourite authors Joanne Harris just by a cover on one of her books. I still remember the day when I was just browsing by in WH Smiths and the cover of Coastliners just shouted at me off the shelf to pick it up and give it a go.
Of course I loved it, but for some strange reason I knew I would, that cover really reeled me in. In fact I loved it so much I recreated the cover on my bathroom window, it still looks good many years later it looks like an alter to me celebrating the Sea. I have always collected driftwood and shells and this cover gave me a great idea to how I wanted to display them.
So sometimes I think it is acceptable to judge a book by its cover. I found this book today whilst tidying up I think its time I read all my Joanne Harris books again.