I don't like the cover page picture

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Re: I don't like the cover page picture

Post by Fuzaila » 28 Jun 2018, 06:33

I think the cover plays a big role in showing what is within the pages. But on the other hand, like you said, it can be intimidating. But we as readers should know by now not to judge the book by it's cover!
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Post by MsLisa » 29 Jun 2018, 07:41

I like the cover because it catches my eye just it might catch a pedestrians eye if they saw a sword swallower in the middle of the street. I think it works well because it garners interest and I'm really not disturbed by the book cover.

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Post by drunyan » 29 Jun 2018, 10:12

I thought the cover picture was well done, and it was one of the reasons that I read the book. My initial reaction was, "How do they do that? Is it trickery or is there some special way a person can really do that? "

It peaked my curiosity, to say the least. I was fascinated by the descriptions of how a person can actually swallow swords.

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Post by Cristal2408 » 30 Jun 2018, 01:14

The cover is OK. It is not the most beautiful or story oriented I have seen, but it gives a glimpse of what the story will try to convey.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 03 Jul 2018, 22:00

It's not just you. I had the same reaction and similar concerns.

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Post by joshfee77 » 04 Jul 2018, 03:15

It is definitely a confronting cover picture. It didn't bother me as such but that's probably because I read a lot of horror and crime thrillers. However, it certainly made me sit up and take notice, which I'm guessing was the point. Capturing the attention of your audience is a vital goal of any book cover if you want to sell.

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Post by Amy+++ » 04 Jul 2018, 16:56

The cover art does not appeal to me. When I first saw it, it was out of the corner of my eye. The art did not capture me as I found the cover to be boring. The colors of the artwork were dull in my opinion.

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Post by Sarah_Khan » 05 Jul 2018, 17:17

I actually like the sword-swallowing cover page better than the pervious one. I think it automatically catches your eye and makes you want to find out more. And as some people mentioned it does look more professional. Whether people like the cover or not, it did get us talking!

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Post by ADMoran » 05 Jul 2018, 22:57

Yeah it is a bit much, especially if some people aren't comfortable with those kinds of images. But it also works with the book, kind of like a warning for what to expect. Either people are curious or scared off. I personally think it catches the eye and attention like a real circus act would.

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Post by Surakshita-11 » 06 Jul 2018, 06:33

The cover may bother some people but one should not judge a book by its cover.
Moreover if cover picture disturbs you onee can read review to get better insight of story.

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Post by samical6 » 06 Jul 2018, 23:41

The cover of this book made me not want to engage in it. I always have been judgemental and I would rather a book have no cover at all so we can paint our own pictures.

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Post by samical6 » 06 Jul 2018, 23:48

trulyfreeclub wrote:
31 May 2018, 20:07
lesler wrote:
31 May 2018, 18:37
The sword swallowing dude on the front cover definitely did not entice me to read the book, but it did not prevent me either.
Cool, I guess I'll take a peek at the book then. Lol!
The sword swallowing on cover is juvenile and selling the meaning short on picture alone.

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Post by Rosemary Wright » 07 Jul 2018, 10:51

For me, the cover page is okay. It introduces you to an aspect of the story. Also, it's attractive. I'd have still picked the book without the review.

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Post by Beth KG » 08 Jul 2018, 07:20

I didn't really think about it until you pointed it out, but then realized I have an aversion to reading this book because of the cover! It may be a very well-written but the book cover elements and the emotions conveyed are not good ones for me. :hand:

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Post by juliecsa » 08 Jul 2018, 11:24

I agree. The cover wasn't very intriguing to me, although for different reasons than you mentioned. I don't mind the sword swallowing or tattoos, but I feel a better picture of the same thing could have been used. This photo was just too busy and less remarkable as it could have been, in my opinion.

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