Many people have written posts about judging books by their covers, a lot of them saying that they do actually sometimes judge a book by its cover. I’ll admit that I do so too, occasionally. A while back, however, I realised that I don’t just judge books by their covers, I also judge entire genres by book covers.
Whoops. That seems a bit excessive, doesn’t it?
I didn’t even know I was doing this either until I read a review by Jess on Gone with the Words. It was a review of a book called Montana Actually by Fiona Lowe, and the way Jess described it made it seem like exactly the kind of fluffy story I like to read (once in a while). I never would have picked up the book myself, though, because of the cover. I don’t mean to hate, but look at it. It’s so cheesy and just looks as if the story is going to be one big cliché.
In fact, it’s quite a miracle I even read the review in the first place, because I mostly just click “mark as read” on Bloglovin for reviews of books with covers like these. I mean, the review itself might be top notch, but I just wouldn’t be interested in reading the novel — this is what I tell myself anyway, because of the cover. Most of the times I don’t even read the blurbs.
I reject these romance novels out of hand, because in my mind, a cheesy cover equals a cheesy story, apparently.
It goes a bit further than that even with fantasy novels. I realised a while back that the main reason why I haven’t read (m)any fantasy novels is because of their covers. I don’t want to offend anyone, but most of them look quite ridiculous to me.
Take Throne of Glass, for example. After deciding to get out of my reading comfort zone, I read a lot of reviews of Throne of Glass, and I got really excited about reading it (
still haven’t, but shush)! That’s when I realised the only reason I’d never read a review of it before was because I didn’t like the cover.
The covers of fantasy novels often look sort of childish to me, which is why I never felt the urge to read any novels from this genre. I just ignored fantasy altogether because of the book covers. I see now that that’s just plain stupid, but I simply didn’t realise it before.
Oh well. I plan on not judging books and genres by their covers anymore, but I expect it’s quite a persistent habit to shake…
What about you? Have you been ‘guilty’ of judging a genre by its cover as well? Let me know!