When looking through a bookshelf, be it physical or virtual, the first thing you usually see is the cover. When looking for my next read, I’m often captivated by a beautiful cover design and feel compelled to check out a book. This is even more the case when I don’t know the author. You know, you can throw any Stephen King book at me with whatever cover, and I’ll read it. Because I know him, love his writing, therefore I don’t need anything else apart from his name to make me read his stuff.
When it comes to authors I’ve never heard of however, it’s a little bit more difficult. I don’t know who they are, what genre they do, how they write. I need something to intrigue me. Sure, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it, we kind of do. A tacky, unprofessional looking cover is not going to fill me with confidence in the quality of the writing, even though I could be completely wrong. Probably will never know as I won’t read it. Ha!
So when it comes to creating an appealing product (because no matter how you put it, a book is a product you intend to sell and profit from), all those creative people out there whose job is to design beautiful covers sure have their work cut out for them.
I’m sure you noticed there are certain trends that crop up and are used frequently. Just think of all those mystery thrillers with a woman in all kinds of colorful coats.
Or the movie covers, hated by so many. Do flower arrangements ring a bell? It can be hard to distinguish one book from another, to be honest, but it’s not impossible to create variety within the same theme.
Covers that are way to generic just appear sloppy, and say nothing about the story itself. An image that you can slap onto any book and it will still sort of work is just sort of lazy in my eyes.
But when two books literally have the exact same cover? Sure, there’s a little bit of photoshopping, like different filters, a slightly different perspective. However it’s easy to see it’s the same bloody thing.
What happened to creativity?
If I were an author and someone did this to my book, I’d be quite a bit offended. You see, these two books are coming out around the same time. Now imagine, one of them turns out to be hated by people, and you are the author of the other one. Wouldn’t you worry that people will shun your book, because after a quick glance they think it’s the other one?
I certainly hope this won’t be the case here, and I wish both of these authors all the best with their book.
My favourite type of cover? The ones that were clearly created with the book in mind. They depict something essential to the story, and work wonders to enhance the product, rather than just simply describing it. Just look at these beauties! They are part of the story…