First of all, let me tell you that I LOVE book covers. This piece of writing does not mean to say that I don’t like book covers. Not at all. I enjoy looking at them and even lusting after gorgeous male models and hot couples on covers MANY TIMES. It is not just about the male models but the combination of colors in a cover that pleases my eyes, especially if the cover really represents the genre and theme of the book. You might instantly know what you are going to get out of a book only by looking at its cover and it is a great experience.
Why don’t I judge books by their covers?
1. Most of my favorite books in the past did not have great covers.
I remember the first time I fell in love with romance books after discovering Twilight series and Fifty Shades of Grey series. I fell head over heels in love with the stories, and most of them do not even have fancy covers like the majority of books nowadays. They have either very simple covers or ugly ones as most of the readers (not all of readers) might say now.
I remember some readers said how ugly The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred‘s cover and it broke my heart since I loved the book very much. I loved Kristen Ashley old gorgeous series, my ultimate favorite Beautiful Disaster series by Jamie McGuire, and many indie books back then even though the covers were quite simple. It taught me early on to not judge books by their covers. Whoever says this sentence, he or she is definitely right: Content is a King.
2. Most of the books that have gorgeous covers do not represent their contents.
I did have some experiences when I bought books based solely on their gorgeous covers and found myself disappointed with their contents. I didn’t like the story and the writing and ended up not enjoying the whole reading experience. This happened to me when I bought physical books. I used to be a collector of gorgeous looking books. However, after the series of disappointments, I decided to stop buying and judging books based on their covers.
3. Most of the covers almost look the same.
I don’t know about you guys, but I think most of the books look almost the same nowadays. Don’t get me wrong; they look gorgeous and I love them as I said before. However, they kind of have similar patterns such as half-naked gorgeous male models showing their bodies, or body plus face, or only face, or a couple looking hot and steamy, and so on. These patterns, as gorgeous as they are, look almost the same in my eyes. If you ask me a book cover that is familiar to me, I might have to think harder since lots of the books I read recently have similar covers.
I am not saying that there are not unique covers now. There actually are a lot out there, but it is a rare thing for me, unfortunately.
4. I choose ebooks over physical books.
I am a huge fan of ebooks kindle and cannot live without my iPad. I love having all of my books with me ALL THE TIME. I carry them whenever I go, even when I go to the bathroom, the mall, the campus, or the church and am fully aware that I cannot read at the time. My iPad and all my books are always with me. It gives me a piece of mind having them near me. I think it affects how I see book covers. I don’t care about the covers; the content is what excites me.
5. The book covers never affect how I imagine the characters.
When I read a book, I completely forget about its cover, even though it is beautiful. The characters in my mind, based on their characteristics presented in the story, are usually different than the models on the cover. Have you ever thought the same? 😀
So, these are the reasons why I don’t judge books by their covers. Do you judge books by their covers? How do you see book covers? 😁