Do Judge a Book by Its Cover!

May 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm 2 comments

It’s one of those phrases your granny tells you, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  And I know in life, it’s a good message.  Don’t be vain, don’t be superficial, don’t just look at the surface.  But as I told my bestie Ria a few months back: “Relationships and snap judgement. I am good at one of these things.” Hint: it’s not the one that begins with a “R” and ends in “elationships.”

In other words, sometimes I like to judge books based on their covers.

But what’s so wrong with literally judging a book by it’s cover? I think covers are the book version of the eyes: the windows into the soul.  A good cover can make or break a book! It tells you what’s going to happen.  What you should expect. Some historical context.  A bit about the characters.  Whether the book is going to be dangerous, adventurous, funny, sweet, or sappy.  Let’s be honest–you should judge your books by their covers or otherwise you may be surprised when you pick up The Devil Wears Plaid only to realise that it is indeed NOT a religious book about Scottish Satanism, but a romance. Hey–it could happen! The where will you be? I’ll tell you, immersed in a sexy book about Scottish hunks. That’s where!

Plus we judge people by their clothes all the time. Wide-framed glasses and tight jeans? Hipster. Flowing skirts and headbands across the forehead? Hippy. Popped collar and pastels? Bro.  The entire purpose of the Oscars is to judge people for their clothes. Well with a dash of movie thrown in for fun. So in honor of the 2011 RITA Nominations (the Romance version of the Oscars), I give you the Best and Worst Dressed Historical Romances of 2011.  Back to you Ryan!

Countess of Scandal                 His at Night                     A Little Bit Wild 

The Forbidden Rose              A Kiss at Midnight           Open Country

Romantic Question: How often do you judge a book by it’s cover? Do you have any favorite romance covers?


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stephanie  |  May 16, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Covers are very important for books!!! But I do have to say, a bad cover doesn’t necessarily mean a bad book. Sometimes they can be misleading…and unfortunately, one of my covers does that. 😦 It is a striking cover, but it does lead the reader to think it is an erotic romance, which it is not. It is romance, it is sexy, it does have sex scenes, but not as graphic as the cover makes it seem like they are.

    In the end, authors really have little say in their cover art, unless they self-publish, of course. Knowing what I know now, I am more forgiving of bad covers than I used to be.

    • 2. Lizzie Poteet  |  May 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Romance covers in general get a bad rap, but I personally think they’re fun! I think they are flashy and really eye catching despite the stereotypical “heaving bosom” aspect 🙂 So while I am obviously attracted to good covers the RITA nominations prove that a good cover/bad cover doesn’t really mean a good/bad book!


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