If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?
I’d just like to say that here in Australia the Publishers put much nicer covers on the same titles than they do in the USA – sorry guys. Almost 100% guaranteed we get something much more interesting or nicer. Once I recommended a book to Emjay and she sent me back an email saying she couldn’t possibly bring herself to buy it because the cover was so boring, lol, I think it was a Harlan Coben.
I can usually get past a bad cover but what really bugs me is when they suddenly put a picture of a recurring character you’ve been following for years on a cover and they’re nothing like the person you’ve imagined for all those years.
Jack Reacher was probably the first time it happened to me. I didn’t have a problem with Tom Cruise being Jack Reacher, it’s not how I had imagined him looking but I can still read the books without Tom popping into my head and I watched the movie without a problem.
My problem began about six years ago when they suddenly put a sort of silhouetted photo of their Jack on the cover and to me it looked just like Al Bundy – it’s been very disconcerting ever since, my Jack Reacher had much more hair for one thing.
The other one that really annoyed me was Odd Thomas, they’ve suddenly started putting his face on books and he is not at all how I imagined him to be.
Absolutely not one bit.