It is often said in the world of English majors to not judge a book by its cover. Although I have personally read many novels that are great reads but have horrible covers, I want to bring to light the reality and purpose of book covers. Book covers are created to be judged, picked-apart and also appreciated. Authors work with cover designers for their novels so that readers will pick their books off the shelves before another novel, to aim at a certain aged reader and types of readers. So instead of saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” I would to argue and declare that we should take into consideration how a books cover interests us the readers. Covers are just as important as the novel itself. The purpose of a cover it to depict what the novel is going to be about. Misrepresenting the text can be done by a book cover. A great example of the misrepresentation of book covers is by a novel in our class Blink and Caution, which displays this misrepresentation very clearly. The novel shows multiple bullet holes, but yet the novel deals with issues of youth homelessness. WHHHHAT! I know that I am not the only one that felt tricked by the cover of that novel, did it not anger some of you readers as well? Just as the actual text creates feelings and thoughts, so can the cover of a novel. Although this blog posting is short, I think that we as readers need to reconsider how we approach the cover of a novel and not feel guilty when we hate the cover, felt that the cover is childish or way to adult like.
If you are interested in reading more about the purpose of covers you can refer to this article: Judging a book by Its Cover:Publishing Trends in Young Adult literature. Written by Cat Campbell
– Casey Canning