TTT: Book Covers
24 June 2014 14 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday, as if you didn’t know, is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. I have never taken part before, but am finally jumping on this very popular bandwagon. I don’t plan on taking part every week, but i will jump in when the topic strikes my fancy. Which this week it certainly does.
Book covers, and not judging books by them. Yeah, who doesn’t, though, really? I’m not saying a bad cover means i won’t read a book, but first impressions are important, and i have my own personal taste. A nice book cover can make me pick up a book, make me read the blurb, make me read some reviews. So, while i will read books with ugly covers if i like the sound of a book, a nice cover makes me want to find out if i will like the sound of a book.
And so, here are five things on covers that attract me to a book, and five things that make me avert my eyes and my interest…
+ Simplicity. Simple, but striking, covers will get me every single time. Without a lot to go on, but looking so stark, i am instantly interested in finding out more about a book.
+ Art. I much prefer artwork to photographs on covers. It gives me a feel for the book, makes it seem quirky and interesting in some way.
+ Colours. Not too many, necessarily, but used boldly. Either to a striking affect or in a lively way.
+ Lack of extra text. Just title and author. I can cope with a single tag line or praise quote, but i prefer it all to just be the cover.
+ Series’ with matching designs. Not exactly the same, obviously, but that they obviously belong in a set. The goes with a series of books from one author, or a set of books from a publisher.
– Complexity. Don’t overload my eyeballs with lots of text, different fonts, too many images. If i can’t get one clear picture from a cover, i just ignore it.
– Photographs. This isn’t every time. I have seen photographs used well for book covers, but they are the exception, and usually used in a more art-y way.
– Film tie-ins. I just hate this to the ends of the earth. If i wanted the film, i would go see the film; i am buying the book for a reason.
– Extreme close ups. Half of someone’s face. The corner of a table. The handle of a mug. What the hell even is that?
– Bad design. This is broad, but just a general lack of cohesion, clunkiness, mismatching, clashing horribleness.