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This week’s Let’s Talk Bookish prompt is
GOOD COVERS VS. GOOD PLOTS
SUGGESTED BY KRUPALI @ MUSINGS OF SOULS
Prompts: When you pick books to buy, what is more likely to sway you: a good cover or a good plot? When you choose to unhaul books do you sometimes keep bad books if they’re pretty? Do you love a book less if the cover is ugly even if the story is good? Do you like covers less if it turns out the story inside isn’t very interesting? Would you rather have a shelf of good stories or beautiful covers?
When you pick books to buy, what is more likely to sway you: a good cover or a good plot?
My answer to this now is incredibly different to what it would have been for my younger self. I won’t say I only read in e-book format these days, but 99.9% of the time I do. So tiny thumbnail images and the black & white format of my kindle mean covers aren’t as big a thing for me any more. Plot is definitely what I base my reading choices on, along with if I’ve read the author before and also reviews/ratings by people I trust.
In my 20’s I was much more likely to buy a book based on the cover – particularly as Goodreads, Amazon etc didn’t exist then (yes I am that old) so I couldn’t check out reviews on them. If the cover had a dragon on it I was almost bound to buy the book!
When you choose to unhaul books do you sometimes keep bad books if they’re pretty?
I hope you are prepared for this shocking revelation – I unhauled just about ALL the books I owned when I started my family. We just had no space for bookshelves and I wasn’t much or a re-reader of books, so rather than clutter up the loft (attic) I took them to a second hand book stall. However no, I won’t keep a book just because the cover is pretty.
Do you love a book less if the cover is ugly even if the story is good? Do you like covers less if it turns out the story inside isn’t very interesting?
No and probably yes but I’ve never really thought about it that much. Author, Blurb, Reviews. That’s my mantra for book choice. Cover doesn’t even make the cut. I can admire a pretty cover but it’s the bit that comes next that I’m interested in. Covers are useful for indicating content, to some extent. There are common trends and themes for particular genres, but there is a reason for the saying “Never judge a book by it’s cover”!
If a dislike a book intensely I think I do partly transfer that over to the cover, but more in an association way. Similar to animals knowing a wasp is dangerous because it has black and yellow stripes.
Would you rather have a shelf of good stories or beautiful covers?
Good stories – duh! Does that question really need asking? I’d question the sanity of any obsessive reader who would choose cover over story!