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Re: I don't like the cover page picture

Post by melissy370 » 06 Jun 2018, 13:26

I am one that judges a book by its cover. Perhaps not the most effective way to decide if I am going to read it or not, but it happens. I am a visual person and if it does not appeal to me, I chuck it. For this book I did not like the cover, and coincidently, my judgement was correct and I did not like the story either.

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Post by v_for_vincent » 06 Jun 2018, 14:21

scratchcat318 wrote:
05 Jun 2018, 20:13
I agree. I really didn't care much for the cover, either. I do like the color scheme that the cover has, with its reds, grays, and blacks, but the image itself wasn't the best. It also really bothers me that the title of the book covers up most of the sword. Would it really have been hard to move the image down or move the text to a better location? It makes it hard to see what he's actually doing when half the sword he's swallowing is covered up.
The cover shows the story, there are two covers but the one with the knife has a stronger message for those seeing the book for the first time.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 06 Jun 2018, 14:50

Not a big fan of the cover either. You have to look quite closely before you know what's actually going on. I'm usually bored by that stage. So yes, I agree. Cover = thumbs down.
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Post by BriennaiJ » 06 Jun 2018, 15:11

I feel the same way. In fact, this book and several of the other really nice books I have read on this site have had simply awful covers. I don't understand how the novels that I sometimes read that are self-published and have horrible stories have such nice covers, and then these novels with deep meanings and intricate storylines have horrible covers. This isn't the worst cover I've seen by far, but it definitely isn't the best.

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Post by Elle Howard » 06 Jun 2018, 18:29

I ageee and did not find the cover very appealing. It does have a shock value that captures your attention. I just have not decided if I would have taken the book off the shelf based on the cover.
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Post by CorundumAl2O3 » 06 Jun 2018, 20:08

Yes, I feel many people (including me) see the cover as a put-off. In my experience it's usually the poor quality books that have such shabby covers. But I was glad I took the step to read the novel because it was such a pleasant read and so in-depth! Also I saw that there was an update to the cover, which looks much more appealing.

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Post by Bettercallyourbookie » 06 Jun 2018, 21:03

My first impression of the cover was that it was over the top. It's got a certain shock value, but I much prefer minimalist covers. They leave a little more about what you're going to be reading to the imagination. They're certainly more subtle.

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Post by CinWin » 06 Jun 2018, 21:54

I did not like the cover. Had it not been the BOTM, I would not have given it a second thought. But since it was, I decided to give it a go.
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Post by Carris72 » 07 Jun 2018, 00:02

I agree. I could easily dismiss the book at first glance because of the cover page but after reading a summary of the book, i think the story's actually great.

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Post by Mely918 » 07 Jun 2018, 00:44

trulyfreeclub wrote:
05 Jun 2018, 22:17
Mely918 wrote:
05 Jun 2018, 16:40
I agree, the cover page for this books is not the most alluring. That's not to say that I wouldn't have read it because of it, but sometimes I prefer covers that aren't so literal. Perhaps something that could leave room for interpretation for the audience.
I totally agree with you. Probably, a picture of something abstract or animated for the audience to interpret and attract curiosity to readers.
Exactly. It can help a potential reader to feel more stimulated by an abstract cover and make them more interested in reading the book that way.

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Post by Julehart1 » 07 Jun 2018, 01:19

I didn't really like the cover page either, but I didn't hate it enough to prevent me from reading the book. The cover page is literally what the book is about so it represented the book well. It didn't really leave anything to the imagination though. The title of the book is the same. It's not the best title but it represents the book and what it's about.

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Post by Mailis » 07 Jun 2018, 03:21

This book has characters with rough edges and bad habits, so it's probably matching that the book cover isn't very artful and fluffy either.

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Post by Shrabastee » 07 Jun 2018, 04:47

True. The cover was a put-off for me. Without even thinking about it consciously I decided to skip the book. Thankfully I took time to read the official review because it completely changed my thoughts. I still haven't checked the revised cover though.

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Post by Lunastella » 07 Jun 2018, 05:03

I have to disagree. I think the tattooed man looks like someone that doesn´t conform to society´s rules, and in a way, it´s part of the essence of the book: pushing the boundaries. I also like the boldness of the colors. What I think is that the tattoo catches a lot of the attention, and the reader can barely notice the man is swallowing a sword.

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Post by scratchcat318 » 07 Jun 2018, 10:17

v_for_vincent wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 14:21
scratchcat318 wrote:
05 Jun 2018, 20:13
I agree. I really didn't care much for the cover, either. I do like the color scheme that the cover has, with its reds, grays, and blacks, but the image itself wasn't the best. It also really bothers me that the title of the book covers up most of the sword. Would it really have been hard to move the image down or move the text to a better location? It makes it hard to see what he's actually doing when half the sword he's swallowing is covered up.
The cover shows the story, there are two covers but the one with the knife has a stronger message for those seeing the book for the first time.
How does it have a stronger message? What do you mean by that?

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