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There was an article in the Huffington Post today about YA covers, and I'm curious what you guys think on the subject: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-pa...

(My response is in the comments)
Apr 17, 2012 08:22PM

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message 1: by Misty (new)

Misty So I said "Alright, I'm speaking only for myself here, as a cover-crazy YA blogger - I don't so much care if the cover model is gorgeous, or skinny, and I don't think most bloggers do. It's more about the finished, professional, sleek quality of the cover. A cover is a work of art just as much as the book it holds. I want to see that work, I want to be able to appreciate the finesse that went into it. More importantly, though, a cover should send the viewer a signal about the story, so that they know whether it's something they want to pick up (because let's be honest, we ALL judge books by their covers - that's their job).
As a blogger who turned down a copy of your book (because of time), I have to say, I was not at all a fan of the original cover - not because it wasn't cutesy and girly and Cultural-Beauty-Ideal-y enough - but because it felt clunky and...sort of like something a university press would put out. I think the positive response to the new cover isn't so much because you are caving to the Beauty ideal but because it looks more like a fictional, for-pleasure book than, say, a dissertation."

message 2: by Jordan (new)

Jordan I think covers do make a lot of difference in the popularity of a book in some cases. I have heard many readers say "I bought this souly becasue of the cover," or "I have no idea what this book is about, but I had to get it because of how gorgeous the cover is,". And it's true covers do draw you in, they're the first thing you see, the first thing you judge the book on. Covers are a HUGE part of the book. They make a huge difference. And I like to think that I don't judge a book by its cover, but a book with a more eye- catching cover does give it a better chance of me taking it off the shelf. However, I personally usually never go into a bookstore blind, I always have an extensive list of books to buy & I like to go through as many books as I can, reading the descriptions & getting a feel for the story, but I don't have all the time in the world to go through all of the books, so naturally the books with the more eye-catching covers will get my attention first. But lets not forget that there are some beautiful book covers out there that do not feature beautiful gils or women on the cover. There are many types of beautiful.
So yes, I do think that breathtakingly gorgeous girls on book covers make a differnce, but for me not because I want to look like them, but because they are gorgeous to look at. I am not going to chase after some look that is almost impossible to achieve. I am not going to change. But there are some impressionable young ladies out there, but I think any avid reader is far more worldly than that. I know they know who they are and are happy with themselves. They should be. Reading makes you already gorgeous in my book.:)

Infinite Playlist I totally agree with you, Misty. It sounds like the author really means well in her article and it's obvious she appreciates what book bloggers do, but I also think she totally got the wrong picture. We book bloggers do like pretty covers but that doesn't mean they have to feature photoshopped beauty models. Just like you said, Misty, they have to look professionally made and not put together in Paint or Word :P I personally don't care if there's a caucasian/asian/black/etc. girl who is skinny/fat/etc. on the cover (unless she looks like she's in desperate need of something to eat), I have to enjoy the overall atmosphere of the photograph/illustration/photo manipulation/you name it.

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