This week’s musing asks:
Would you choose to review a book if its description sounded interesting but the cover was terrible?
Great cover doesn’t mean a book is going to be a fantastic read. That said, I am an equal opportunity reader as long as the subject manner is within my interests. Racy covers that are usually found in romance would be averted. My problem with covers is that they are more silly than ugly. Don’t even get me started on movie tie-in covers, which to me are such outrageous breach to the original cover art of a novel. I’m always mindful of not getting a book with a movie cover. My ultimate pet peeve is when publisher decides to add an unremovable banner to the book. Not that I’m a fan of The Hunger Games trilogy, but I can’t bear to see how movie tie-in monstrosity has ruined the book cover. It’s beyond ugly. Totally distasteful. To answer the question, I don’t mind an ugly cover if the book is good. I do prefer simple covers over the embellished ones or ones with people’s faces. Covers with photography I also avoid if I have a choice between different editions. I like covers with no art or just geometric patterns. Have you seen my new copy of Fitzgerald’s Flappers and Philosophers? Those gilded fan motifs remind me of the dividers in Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Now that is a classy cover.