They say that you should not judge a book by its cover. So … what should a book cover achieve? It needs to announce the title, the name of the author, it should perhaps give some idea of the genre of the book, it should give some idea of the era of the story, and it should be enticing.
However, there are covers which fail dismally in giving an accurate idea of the setting or content of a book, and I’ve had fun looking at some particularly horrific examples on the web. E-books offer up some truly dire covers – historically wrong, woefully inappropriate and sometimes quite hilarious, it is very clear that the designer has no idea what the book is about. Lady Godiva on a cover of Pride and Prejudice? Or is it supposed to be Jane Bennet riding to Netherfield – she’d most definitely catch a chill wearing so little!
Annual awards are given for stunning book covers and it’s fabulous to see what designs artists can come up with which attract the eye, but also reflect the story within. I think it’s safe to say that none of the book covers I’ve included here are going to be up for such awards. I hope they will at least give you a good laugh!
Did you know that the two colours most likely to attract the roving eye of a possible book buyer are RED and YELLOW? Perhaps next time you are in a book shop, you might think about which sort of cover and which colours attract your eye?