“Thoughtful Ramblings” is a feature where we discuss bookish subjects. These posts are just our own thoughts about certain topics that may get us hot under the collar and we need a good rant or just things we want to share with fellow bloggers and readers.
Why Do Covers Matter?
There’s been a lot of hoo-hah about covers recently, mainly Bloomsbury’s embarrassing blunders with thier covers for Liar by Justine Larbalestier in 2009 and more recently Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore.
I must admit I’m baffled at how Bloomsbury could make such a mistake a second time. After the outcry with Liar and forcing a cover retraction, why would they make the same mistake again? And why change the colour of the protagonist for the front cover at all? Is it because they think that a caucasian model will sell more books? I can’t believe that they would be so narrow minded, surely?
For me covers are a very important factor in whether I notice a book or not. I will admit that I am a cover whore and a gorgeous looking cover will turn my head. But not once did the colour of a persons skin ever deter me from buying a book. It has more to do with the quality of the art.
I also wonder, when the cover is so different from the content why the author doesn’t step up and say so? And if they do why don’t the publishing companies listen?
So, why do covers matter? Do you think it’s important that the cover accurately reflects the characters of a book?