Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Paperback's Pondering's: I Don't Like People On My Covers!
Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week's topic is all about why I never liked real people on my book covers.
I have to admit something: I'm a bit of a hypocrite. I've always taken pride in the fact that I do not care about what's on my bookcover's, and that they don't really affect what I buy. However recently I discovered that there is a common thing on many bookcovers that I loath. I've never liked real people, or models on bookcovers.
This hate sort of started in Grade 8, when I read Delirium by: Lauren Oliver. Now don't get me wrong, this was an amazing book that I will stand by, however the cover of the book featured a very close up image of a teenage girl. I don't know why, but this made me feel really awkward and even turn the book onto the other side when it was on my desk.
Models on contemporary novels are not uncommon. Many books feature the romance of two teens in love, or a really sultry close-up. These do not play well in my book, as I find it to be very cheesy and overbearing, and sometimes a bit creepy.
There's something so awkward about picking up a book and having the main character stare back at you. This is a problem I've noticed a lot of people are having with The Crown by: Kiera Cass. The look on the model's face almost stares into someones soul, and it doesn't leave a very nice impression. Facial expression is important people!
I also feel like more often than not, the model on the cover is nothing like how I imagined the character in my head. Giving you the character in real form, kind of forces an image on you, and throughout the entire book you are now visualising the character to look like the model. It kind of takes away the creativity of being able to craft your own character.
Another important thing: poses. A lot of contemporary romances show these teens in these cheesy poses that look more like a stock photo than a book cover. It completely turns me off of a book because I immediately associate the book with being predictable and having no substance.
So, what can authors do? I personally love simple covers, keeping a clean crisp background with a few focal points that stand out, and these are things, not people.
So what do you think? Do you care about models on bookcovers, or could you care either way?
Emily @ Paperback Princess