This week, the Geeks are talking about book covers. The challenge is to do some research and find different book covers for the same book and discuss which ones you like better, etc.
To tell you the truth, I’ve never really given book covers a lot of thought… I don’t care too much what the cover looks like, as long as there’s a good story lurking somewhere under it!
But, in thinking about this topic this weekend, I realized that I do have one little, tiny (rather strong) opinion when it comes to book covers… I absolutely hate it when books are made into movies or tv shows and the covers are suddenly changed to depict the actors in the movie (or whatever). I seriously hate that!
In fact, just a few weeks ago when I was shopping at my local B&N, I bought Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. And I searched and searched (and searched some more) to find a copy of the book with the “real” cover… not that horrid-looking thing that they made when it became an HBO series.
Here’s the “real” cover that most people probably recognize as part of the Southern Vampires series (and the one I was so excited to find buried on a shelf in B&N):
And here’s the “new,” God-awful cover that, I guess, appeals to the True Blood fans:
I don’t know about you, but I get a totally different impression of this story based on these two, totally different covers. And I don’t want to read the second one (even though I know it’s the same darn book inside). Plus, I’m a little anal and want all of my books from a series to kinda/sorta match. And that second cover doesn’t even come close to matching up with the rest of the Sookie books… no way, uh uh. Yet, they’ve even included it in the box set of the series… ACK! Just HATE it.
Here’s another example.
Nick and Norah before the movie:
And Nick and Norah (and the actor and actress who play them in the movie) now:
I happen to own a book with the second cover in this case… but I’m not happy about it (or the fact that there’s a whole section in the middle of the book chock full o’ still pics from the movie… with ALL of the main characters pictured).
I just hate the idea of having a movie poster or some actor’s face plastered on the front of my book. I don’t want someone to give me an actual photo of the characters; I like creating my own images of them as I read the story, thankyouverymuch. I’m pretty sure that when Dan Brown was writing The Da Vinci Code, he didn’t have images of Tom Hanks floating around in his head… and I don’t want them in mine when I’m reading the book either.
(And, no, I’m not usually this grumpy! lol)