Hello again! First of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of updates during the past few weeks, college and part-time jobs really got into me 😦 . I couldn’t even finish “Stardust”, a book that I have started since last month! Nevertheless, I finally got some time, and on this lovely day (I hope your day is as lovely! 🙂 ), I am sharing my thoughts about what I believe is a common issue among those who like to read: book covers.
Some book-lovers value the cover of the book A LOT, while some believe that the ultimate essence and value of the book lie on the book’s content; its beautifully written (or typed) words, the accessibility of the language, the style of the narrative, the meaning of the poem or prose, and many, many more. I happen to be the first one: a person who really, really value the cover of a book.
I know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or even title!), since there is an abundance of books with the covers providing very little insight to the content, nor they offer a pleasing aesthetic, such as one of my personal favorite, J. D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”. I mean, a horse with orange as its color-scheme is just not that appealing, at least for me. Had I not been recommended by a friend of mine, I might have never decided to give it a go. However, there are just times when the book’s cover is so gorgeous, so stunning, so satisfying, that one might think that the book is truly a masterpiece, while it may or may not be so. Regardless, a book’s cover is often the element that delivers the first impression on a book, and that, in my opinion, is fairly important.
I honestly believe that most book-lovers’ goal in purchasing a book is not to only have a good time reading it, but also so they can be proud to display those books. By ‘proud’, I mean when you display a book and somebody sees it, that somebody might say “oh, what is that book? It looks gorgeous!”, or “that cover looks stunning! What does this mean?” and the likes of it. A great cover does not only make its owner pleased to see the book, admiring it’s design, but also proud to persuade other people to read it (and the chances are, they will most likely give it a try). Now, I’m DEFINITELY not saying that a simple cover cannot be proudly displayed, since people’s tastes are relative, and a book with a “dull” cover doesn’t mean a poorly-written book. What I’m saying is, a book will be better with a great cover, since it is potentially more attractive, and book-owners can feel “more satisfied”; I believe you know what I mean XD
If a book looks “not-so-pleasing”, one may not decide to buy the book, possibly missing out “that one book” that can change the society, or even the next “Harry Potter”, all simply due to its cover. This society is not fair; what should be an additional point, that is, a book’s cover serving as a “plus point” for visual aesthetic purposes, has become a really important point, and I believe we should adapt to it; accept that sad fact. Unless a book is really, really famous, the cover is a greatly important element to be considered upon. Furthermore, a great cover might even attract the attention for those knowing the book’s content (even I am looking for a copy of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” with a cover to my liking).
In conclusion, I sincerely believe that I am not a good person at heart, since a book’s cover influences me tremendously, unless that book is highly recommended to me. Even then, I would still look for that copy of the book with a cover that I deem “great”. Deep down, I know that it might not be “right” to behave this way, but as a book-lover prioritizing not only a book’s content, but also its outer beauty, I can’t help but to be like this. Moreover, covers are really important to heighten a book’s potential to be recognized upon, so it can’t hurt to pay more attention to it before publishing it, right? right? XD
What do you think? Do you believe that a “well-designed” cover is important for you or the general public? Comment below and let me know 😀