The drab looking book cover

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The drab looking book cover

Post by P Reefer » 22 Oct 2018, 14:45

Does the black and white book cover of a demure looking gentleman do justice to Mc Dowell's character? If yes what aspects of his character does it seems to highlight ? What might be a more fitting picture to capture a wide audience that would be reflective of some aspect of the narrative.

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Post by briellejee » 23 Oct 2018, 03:16

I think the black and white cover is fitting for the book. It highlights the mysteriousness and the simplicity and straightforwardness portraying McDowell's character. Vibrant colors may be eye-catching but black and white and minimalism also do that. It makes the book even more enigmatic, in my opinion.
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Post by Jmteachmom » 23 Oct 2018, 07:58

I think the cover portrait is very fitting for the character of McDowell. It made the book more intriguing to me. I wanted to find out about this mysterious character.

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Post by Keevan » 23 Oct 2018, 11:51

briellejee wrote:
23 Oct 2018, 03:16
I think the black and white cover is fitting for the book. It highlights the mysteriousness and the simplicity and straightforwardness portraying McDowell's character. Vibrant colors may be eye-catching but black and white and minimalism also do that. It makes the book even more enigmatic, in my opinion.
I have to say I totally agree with you. A colored cover would not have done it justice the way the black and white minimalist cover does. :D

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Post by dtb » 23 Oct 2018, 12:27

I agree. Black and white images can be more noticeable in a sea of color.

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Post by Doug Jones » 23 Oct 2018, 13:35

Jmteachmom wrote:
23 Oct 2018, 07:58
I think the cover portrait is very fitting for the character of McDowell. It made the book more intriguing to me. I wanted to find out about this mysterious character.
Agreed, with a story like this it is best to provide an enigmatic package. The curious are more likely to let their curiosity get the better of them. In this case, they would not be disappointed.
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Post by cpru68 » 23 Oct 2018, 14:25

I think the illustration on the cover makes it appear that Hiram is hiding behind his hat. I think this does reflect his character in that he hides behind his titles, no one really knows his true inside thoughts and then he actually runs and does hide from his time in jail, so that changes the picture into that of a fugitive. I found the book incredibly long and it lost my interest long before I finished it. The least of my problems with the book was the cover, but I think it does kind of capture who is as a shady man not revealing who he really is. Also, it is said that the eyes are the window to the soul. His are covered...so what does that say? He is not even proud of himself.
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Post by Italiansweety1982 » 23 Oct 2018, 15:09

I think it's fitting - mysterious and makes you want to know more

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Post by Charlyt » 24 Oct 2018, 11:23

I liked the book cover a lot. It's as simple as the title of the book, which is his name. The cover and the title emphasizes the character-based book that it is, and I think its simplicity draws curiosity.
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Post by HollandBlue » 24 Oct 2018, 11:32

I think the cover exhibits the seriousness of the book and the emphasis on McDowell as a center of the story.
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Post by Zimall » 24 Oct 2018, 11:56

I haven't read the book but i have seen the cover and it's really fascinating. I think black n white is more appealing than a colorful cover.

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Post by KCWolf » 24 Oct 2018, 13:35

Normally, I steer clear of books with drab covers unless there's something else about the book that intrigues me. This cover is the exception. It makes a statement about the main character.

Honestly, any cover can attract a reader if it is well done and artistic. I definitely think this cover falls into this category.
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Post by jo89220n » 24 Oct 2018, 17:22

I think the cover is fitting, it shows that his character is not very outgoing. However, the spine/cover might not stand out to me if it were in a sea of books on a shelf in a store. Maybe something could be done to enhance the intrigue of this story while still showing off the feel of the book and its character. Maybe a faded background image?

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Post by acremer » 24 Oct 2018, 18:03

I think the plain book cover fits the story of Mcdowell's life. In part 2, he falls from grace and has to live a very simple life, just like the cover of the book. I think it highlights his end of life and portrays his character well.

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Post by happynessc0 » 24 Oct 2018, 21:45

The book cover is perfect and catchy I believe. It absolutely suits McDowell’s mysterious character.

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