Hello there! I’ve once again completely disappeared (and completely ignored everything that happened i’m sorry) in favor of post exam mindless tv watching as I eat possibly unhealthy amounts of ice cream. It’s a thing okay. A very necessary thing. All that aside, now that I have time for more than school, I’ll probably be way more active so yay!
Onto what this post is actually about. Book covers. The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is going to be completely ignored for the duration of this post, fair warning. Because honestly, books are highly judged by their covers, and judging their covers is essentially the entire point for this post! They can be great! They can be stunning, breathtaking, compelling you to buy a book you’ve just laid eyes on for the first time because of how gorgeous and intriguing the cover art is. Or, they can be terrible, leading you away from a potentially amazing book. And since I’m clearly super optimistic, I’m here to discuss the latter!
I’d like to start off strong and discuss my absolute loathing for live action book covers.
This one, for instance. This vendetta isn’t due to the models in particular. In fact it’s pretty much everything else. First, the idea of having real people on book covers is rarely (if ever) done right, and I’d much prefer to see drawn art, leaving more room for the reader to envision characters. In the case of this one, and in many as it is a common theme, it’s just very poorly edited. The books, the background, and almost everything is obviously plastered onto the cover, and fits strangely into the surroundings. The (assumedly) pen in the book is bent, for another thing, which…makes no sense. That is fairly nitpicky though. It’s actually a very similar situation with the cover for Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns. The concept of it is very cool, and would fit the story, however it once again just looks so obviously edited (and I’m also not a fan of the way the colors work together) and I despise that. The paperback version however, is much better.
Would I still buy it? Eh. I guess. I’d look for a different version of the cover first (preferably without real people on it, but generally anything that looks better.) and purchase that instead. If I can’t find a better version, depending on how much I care about the book, I’ll buy it. I don’t adore the look, but in the end the purpose is the content inside. And if that’s bad too, then no, I’d have no need for it. If I hadn’t read the book however, it would be more likely that I wouldn’t give it a second glance if I really didn’t like the cover.
How much does it ruin the cover? ⭐⭐⭐2.5-3 stars. It wouldn’t completely make me decide to never buy a book, but it’s definitely less appealing.
As much as I despise live action covers, nothing. Is worse. Than having an absolutely stunning cover gone the second a book gets a live action adaptation. If you don’t know what I mean, lets take a look at one of my least favorite cover changes.
Gorgeous, perfect, lovely, amazing symbolism! It’s a great cover, and it’s definitely high in my rankings. BUT THEN.
LOOK. I GET THAT THERE WAS A MOVIE. I GET THAT IT WAS A BIG DEAL. FINE! BUT WHY MUST YOU RUIN THE COVER?! ESPECIALLY A NICE COVER!!! I will forever be bitter about this. And it’s not just this, it’s happened so. many. times. with so. many. different books, and I’m done with it. NOT TO MENTION ADDING AN UNREMOVABLE STICKER TO IT! But that gets its own section of complaints.
Would I still buy it? …okay so hear me out. I would look for the original version, and if I can’t find it… well. How attached am I to the book… Because I really would prefer to not buy a book with a cover I get irrationally angry at for existing. But, if I really do love the book then it’s necessary.
How much does it ruin the cover? ⭐⭐⭐⭐3.5-4 stars. This happening to book covers does genuinely annoy me and I absolutely despise it. However, it’s fairly situational. I’ve always seen the cover get at least a little bit worse (and I hope this never happens with the Legendborn Cycle because those covers are stunning and I will fight for their existence), but it can range all the way to completely destroying the cover. Just because this has happened to so many perfect covers, I’ll give it a higher star ranking. Which means it’s worse… yeah this system is flawed.
Unremovable/hard to remove stickers are incredibly annoying.
A fairly well known example of this, is with The Love Hypothesis and its “the tiktok sensation!” sticker.
Lots of people hated the sticker, mainly for the reason that you couldn’t take it off and it took away from the cover. In my opinion, it’s more of a minor annoyance, however I can definitely understand where people are coming from. I personally despise hard to remove stickers more, mainly due to the fact that removing them is not only time consuming, but leaves behind a sticky residue. In a lot of cases, that area will get dirt stuck to it, and mess up the cover.
Would I still buy it? Definitely. It’s kind of annoying, but it feels insignificant enough to be ignorable.
How much does it ruin the cover? ⭐0.5 stars. I’m really not too bothered by this, and it doesn’t take up too much cover space. While it is annoying, I’m pretty much okay with it so I don’t mind much.
Can someone please explain the relevance of having paperback covers that don’t completely cover the book? As in:
This really shouldn’t bother me as much as it does, but that’s why it counts as a pet peeve. The entire concept feels so unnecessary, and I don’t like the look of it at all. It kind of feels like it takes away from the covers in a way, but perhaps that’s just me being nitpicky. Compared to the other items on this list, this doesn’t bother me much??
Would I still buy it? Yes, (obviously) because while it is annoying, it’s not worth sacrificing the whole book over. It doesn’t take away much from the overall aesthetics, and it’s insignificant enough to not make me question my decision to buy a book.
How much does it ruin the cover? ⭐ 1 star. It’s not super annoying but I guess my question is mainly just… why.
I was considering adding covers that did too much to this list, however since I don’t exactly dislike them?? I decided against it. Personal issues with book covers? Agree/Disagree with any of these? Anything else you’d want to add? Let’s chat in the comments!