Let’s face it: judging a book by its cover is something we’re all guilty of. It’s also something that our parents and teachers have relentlessly told us not to do. Sure, that usually applies to people (and in that case, it’s very much true), but it’s also something that has been applied to the book community.
But a cover can say something about a book.
In all honesty, I’m more likely to avoid a book with a poorly designed cover than I am to read it.
For example, I have never read Obsidian in its entirety. One of the reasons I avoided reading it was because I hated the cover. The cover reminded me of YA lit in the early 2000s. You know, brunette girl, “hot” guy, obviously they’re romantic endgame. To me, this book cover tells me a few things:
It might be dated, and the author might be out of touch with “real teens”. The reason I thought it would be outdated? Obsidian was published in 2011, but it reminds me of the covers I saw as a preteen in the early 2000s.
It also tells me it might be painfully cheesy. Guy and girl hate each other, but then the guy realizes that the “plain” girl is SUPER SPECIAL and falls in love with her. Also, the author tries to make a “plain” girl but its clear that she is also like super beautiful.
And usually, I’m going to assume there’s going to be some major girl-hate. Or at least some of it. You know, the MC is bullied by some chick who is jealous of her relationship with Hot Dude. Yuck.
I don’t know if I’m right about all of this because I never finished Obsidian. Maybe it’s good, I don’t know. But I do know that I didn’t like the parts that I have read; it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I also know that I’ve loved books with covers I hated, so obviously I’m not going to decide to not read a book based solely on its cover. But I do think the cover can give me a little insight into whether or not the book is for me.
What about you? Do you judge a book by its cover? Any times when you were right or wrong? Think I should give Obsidian a chance? Let me know in the comments below :).