Thursday, April 7, 2011

Follow Friday #5

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View every week.

This weeks FF question:

Q. Do you judge a book by it's cover?


A. Sad to say (for like the 5th time unfortunately) but I do. I know, I KNOW. "Don't judge a book by it's cover" and all that jazz. But come on, I'm not the only one that does it. Right? Right. Par example: I started reading the Wicked Lovely series (albeit in the wrong place) because of how beautiful I thought the cover for Fragile Eternity was. I mean look at it. It's absolutely GORGEOUS. Obviously once I started reading it I realized I'd started in the middle so I had to go pick up Wicked Lovely ASAP.

Now, on the flip side of that coin, I thought the cover for Tower of Change was pretty spiffy too. Kind of mysterious with the moss covering up the key and the scroll work around the outside edges. And the butterflies I thought added a nice touch. HOWEVER... I would not touch that book again with a 10 foot pole if you PAID me. I had to struggle my way over TONS of errors and just bad writing for 50 pages before I was ready to give up (see my review here). Apparently I was a glutton for punishment because I told myself that maybe it would get better if I kept reading. So I waded through the next 50 pages befoer giving up entirely. Lesson learned? Pretty cover is NOT equal to good book.

Now, another flip side (didn't you know coins had more than 2 sides? I did)... I DIDN'T pick up the hunger games because I thought the covers were plain. How awful is that? I passed them over time after time after TIME (see a pattern here?) because I looked and thought "Nah...". Here's your sign. The cover's aren't plain, they're simple. They don't need to be flashy and full of color and swirls and whatever else. The BOOKS had enough action and color and ALL OF THAT OTHER STUFF. To make the cover match the story itself would have done it a disservice. And once I knew the significance of the symbol on the cover, I never gave it a second thought. Phenomenal series.

I really should stop trying to pick my books based on what they look like... really. I probably won't though. Is that bad? Meh. At least I'm not alone in my snobbishness. :-)

14 comments:

  1. Yes, I surely do judge a book by the cover. Not always but more often then not. I'm known for not reading synopsis so if your cover doesn't show me what I want to know or if someone doesn't recommend it... chances are I'm reading someone else's book.

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  2. I actually really liked Hunger Games covers, I thought they were really well connected to the plot ;) But then again, you need to read it to find this out, right? :)

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  3. I LOVED the Wicked Lovely covers... Sadly I hated Aislinn! ;)

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  4. Hopping through. Melissa Marr has the prettiest covers!
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  5. I totally judge a book by its cover and am not ashamed to admit it! LOL

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  6. Ooh, I like the cover for Fragile Eternity, if you take a look at my blog you might notice it has something in common with one of my faves! I didn't think I judged a book by its cover in the past but now I admit I do. I wouldn't pass over a book just because of that but with so many to choose from I use the cover as a kind of filter!

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  7. I also judge a book by its cover! And yes, I have shunned The Hunger Games series partly because of the drabness of their covers (and also because I do not like reading series).

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  8. I enjoyed reading your response. The examples were great. I'm an old follower from the hop. Happy Friday!

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  9. New follower here! Just hopping by for follow friday! Check out my blog: www.bethebooks.blogspot.com :)

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  10. Hi! New follower here! Would love for you to follow me. Nice to meet you.

    For me, it is the cover and the title that tempt me to read the blurb. If the blurb reads great, I'll grab the book. I remember the first time I saw Harry Potter's book covers, I was like, O_o...not sure if I liked them. Love the inside but the covers weren't really to my taste.
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  11. I've learned, too, never to buy a book based on the cover. Great answer! I'm already a follower. My FF is at Coffee Table Reviews

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  12. New Follower hopping by to say hi...I am a sucker for a pretty cover, if the cover is pretty and the back of the book interests me I'm sold! Happy Reading =o)

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  13. I thought the same way about the Hunger Games until I realized how popular they were coming...It's near the top of my TBR list now :)

    New follower :)

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