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Re: Why Ghostface?

Post by Kajori50 » 04 Dec 2018, 08:58

As the author had a hand in designing the mask, it is natural that he tried to reclaim it in a way in this book. Moreover, the cover does fit the plot. So I think it was a win-win situation for the author.

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Post by Ice dragon » 04 Dec 2018, 21:24

It's always going to help generate sales.

Personally when i'm in a hurry to buy a book I do base it purely on the front cover (this is how I came to read twilight).

It also brings in a couple of red herrings to the book. So it is very well thought out by the author

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Post by Ice dragon » 04 Dec 2018, 21:25

* My reading of twilight was a very bad thing, I was trying to work in the negative

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Post by M Zee » 04 Dec 2018, 21:57

Vscholz wrote:
02 Dec 2018, 22:17
According to the author's bio on Amazon, he helped create/design the mask. It makes sense that he would use what might be his most widely known design. Even though it is primarily associated with the Scream franchise, I don't know that the author could get the same reaction with a different cover. Or maybe he is trying to reclaim it in some way?
I read that as well, though I haven't picked up the book. I was curious about how well he tied the mask design to an unrelated novel!
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Post by Samy Lax » 05 Dec 2018, 22:59

That's what I expected to see in the book too. Some connection to the Scream franchise. But, I think, overall, it helped the book overall.
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Post by kelsiemaxwell » 05 Dec 2018, 23:25

You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but many of us still do. I think whether the “ghost face” image helps the book or not depends on your familiarity and/or like/dislike of the Scream movies.
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Post by Nusrat_Shabnam_ » 06 Dec 2018, 00:38

I think the cover fits fine. Not only fine rather it was to catchy and amazing. It defines the book at it's best!

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Post by N_R » 06 Dec 2018, 02:37

The cover definitely sounds like it is misleading and is probably putting a lot of people off reading it.

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Post by Vickie Noel » 06 Dec 2018, 07:06

I don't know anything about the Scream series, but I think if this book doesn't have any tie-in with the movie, the cover should have been different, so as not to disappoint fans of the series or scare away those not into the horror genre.
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Post by M Zee » 06 Dec 2018, 17:22

Ice dragon wrote:
04 Dec 2018, 21:25
* My reading of twilight was a very bad thing, I was trying to work in the negative
Oh, I have definitely done the same thing! I am very guilty of choosing books by their cover art first and then being drawn in from the blurb. We're all slaves to shiny objects sometimes!
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Post by serendipity 27 » Today, 12:33

I think the author was trying to capitalize on the association that the mask has with those movies since they are so recognizable. It can be misleading to those people who automatically assumed it had to deal with the movies but for me, it wasn't a turnoff.
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