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Judging a book by its cover
« on: August 22, 2006, 08:49:20 am »
Do you judge a book by its cover? I mean, isn't that what really first attracts you? How it looks? Isn't the neat-o picture on the front what makes you open it up or flip it over and read the synopsis? And if so, do you think important books like...oh say, the bible, sell better if they had a bikini model on the front?





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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2006, 09:44:54 am »
I judge a book by it's title.
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2006, 06:42:55 pm »
I judge a book by its author, and its genre. If its historical ficition or realistic fiction I usually won't touch it.

But besides that criteria, I read the back of the book (or the inside of the cover, if there is only praise on the back) to see if its my style.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2006, 09:29:39 pm »
Yeah, unfortunately the book has to stand out for me to look at it. For example if it's manga I have to like the art style for me to look closer

But I doubt the way it looked alone would get me to buy it. I usually read the back or a few pages to see if I would like it

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2006, 10:05:18 pm »
i usualy read the blurb on the back before i decide to read a book
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2006, 04:00:55 am »
if I've never heard of a book, I'm attracted by the cover and title. I actually judge it from reading the back/inside cover
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2006, 01:06:15 pm »
I judge it by its title.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2006, 03:13:00 pm »
I judge it by a number of perspectives its title, cover , author, genre, and the synopsis on the back
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2006, 12:06:32 pm »
I decide on the cover if I want to read the back or not, and I decide on the backside if I want to read the book or not.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2006, 01:11:57 pm »
The cover art goes a *long* way towards me picking it up and taking a deeper look. Aside from the synopsis on the back, I'll read reviews on the inside. Then the real kicker is to open it purely at random and read a couple paragraphs. If it doesn't gel for me then, I set it aside and possibly open it back up some other time I'm book-hunting. I did this 3 times with Reality Dysfunction back in the day and finally gave in and bought the blasted series (enjoyed it immensely).

I've seen the cover for authors like David Weber or Ringo (?) and, my oh my, do those look generic. I figure if the cover artist can't be inspired to illustrate something worth looking at closely, can the book?

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2006, 04:14:20 pm »
If the cover is really terrible, then yeah, I do. And I mean absolutely ugly. Whatever it shows on the front, be it a character or a scene or anything, it will affect how I view that in my mind's eye as I read it. If it shows the main character, and the picture is really craptastic, I won't be able to shake that bad picture from my mind.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2006, 03:39:20 pm »
Yeah i judge a book by it's cover...

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2006, 05:59:01 am »
I usually read it if I like the author
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2006, 08:46:21 am »
Do you judge a book by its cover? I mean, isn't that what really first attracts you? How it looks? Isn't the neat-o picture on the front what makes you open it up or flip it over and read the synopsis? And if so, do you think important books like...oh say, the bible, sell better if they had a bikini model on the front?

I tend to do the oposite. If the cover is shiny and all, I find that it is trying to make up for something. I generally gravetate towards the simple covered books.
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2006, 07:51:50 am »
Considerably I do. If I see cover art that markets the books as a cliche fantasy, then I probably won't go for it. But if I see cover art that make it looks unique, I'll probably go for it.
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2006, 10:16:35 am »
Considerably I do. If I see cover art that markets the books as a cliche fantasy, then I probably won't go for it. But if I see cover art that make it looks unique, I'll probably go for it.
I do this. If it has a muscular looking man, mountains, a sword with a gem in it, a blonde or some kind of mythological beast on it I generally avoid it.
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2006, 12:09:28 pm »
Considerably I do. If I see cover art that markets the books as a cliche fantasy, then I probably won't go for it. But if I see cover art that make it looks unique, I'll probably go for it.
I do this. If it has a muscular looking man, mountains, a sword with a gem in it, a blonde or some kind of mythological beast on it I generally avoid it.

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Really though, they all end up essentially being the same thing:

Good guy who has no idea he has some secret power loses a family member due to evil guy.

Good guy investigates family member's death, and finds out one of two things:

1. The family member isn't actually a family member.

2. The family member has some dark secret.

This then leads them to discover about the evil guy.

When the good guy gets too indepth discovering about the evil guy, the love interest, who usually has some big secret power, meets up with the good guy.

Good guy gets best buddy involved in the investigation.

Good guy discovers secret power through love interest.

Good guy goes on a long journey, which usually involves at least one dragon, one witch, and one army of goblinkin, in order to take revenge on the evil guy, and also to stop the evil guy from taking over the kingdom/world/universe/plane.

Eventually the love interest gets captured, and the good guy does something stupid to save her, thereby advancing the means of the evil guy.

Good guy feels he should give up now, but love interest gives him sex to convince him otherwise.

Good guy discovers his REAL secret power, usually through the use of an old hermit/exiled wizard, who also gives him some ancient weapon in order to defeat the evil guy.

Good guy uses real secret power in an attempt to defeat evil guy, but evil guy has a trick up his sleeve and defeats good guy.

Evil guy kills good guy's best buddy.

Good guy gets enraged and his friend's death, and unlocks his REAL REAL secret power, including that of the ancient weapon.

Good guy goes to evil guy base, and evil guy is confounded by good guys new ultimate-kick-your-ass power.

Evil guy gets his ass kicked from one end of the kingdom/world/universe/plane to the other.

Good guy marries love interest, and goes into seclusion, until an interdemensional beast shows up and starts tearing up the kingdom.

The sequel.

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Don't think of it as being outnumbered. Think of it as having a wide target selection.

Televison - A medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well-done.

Keep an open mind. Just make sure it's not so open your brain falls out.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2006, 01:38:29 pm »
Nothing more to add to that!  :D

Good sci-fi usually has terrible covers. Abstract imagery, more often that not a head or a human figure with rays of light or geometric shapes shooting out of it, that sort of thing. Older, more adventure type sci-fi, like C Clark and Heinlein's expedition and war stories, feature spaceship and space stuff unrelated to the story. Old classics have beige. Sometimes with an old black and white illustration.

Good sci-fi: http://www.philipkdick.com/covers/Scanner_Darkly_PT.jpg
Old sci-fi: http://blackholes.stardate.org/images/Imperial_Earth_cover.jpg
Classic sci-fi: http://vesuvius.jsc.nasa.gov/er/seh/noteVern.gif