Do you judge a book by its cover?
Jennifer from Girls Gone Reading and I have decided to work on Friday Coffee Chat together from now on so after you read my post, go check out her post on "Book Covers...Are They Art?".
After our discussion last week on, "Are you a book snob?", I thought I would discuss a related topic this week. A few comments were made that yes, we sometimes are book snobs, and we sometimes judge when people read books we don't find worth reading. By that same token, we sometimes get judged for the things we read be it Young Adult, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Comics, Romance, or Science Fiction. We had a great discussion and if you want to read how people felt, click HERE to go to the post. The comments were great and everyone was really insightful AND honest.
Some of the comments last week made me start thinking that since we sometimes judge people when we see them reading a book that doesn't appeal to us, do we sometimes judge a book by its cover? I have also most definitely fallen into this category. Too many times have I looked at a book and been like, "Only weird nerdy people would read that," or "Geez...Fabio XIV is on the cover! Who would read that?"
There are a few books I have definitely been proven wrong:
Ten years ago, my husband BEGGED me to read Ender's Game. We were newlyweds so of course I couldn't refuse him, but really inside I was thinking, "What a nerd! Only weirdos read books with spaceships on the cover!!" I read it so that he wouldn't rethink marrying me and guess what? I read both it AND the next book in the series (Speaker for the Dead for all you who are wondering) in one weekend. They were fantastic! I have since read Ender's Game two more times as well, and I hardly ever read a book more than once. The other book I judged by its cover (c'mon Bantam...you really could have done better) was A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Again, it was my husband that told me, "You have to read this!" Being the good wife that I am (insert snarky comment here..hehe) I said "OK," but inside I said, "This is such a dude book. Only guys read books with weird drawn on lions on the cover." It was another book that I was blown away by. I love it. It's in my Top 5 Books of All-Time.
Then there are the books with the gorgeous covers with stories that are so boring they just make you want to go into a waking coma for months like Bella in New Moon (I'm owning it book snobs! I read the Twilight series!). The only book I can remember being like this was The Fifth Book of Peace which to me was The First Book of Torture. I didn't finish it. I wasn't interested in the story, but boy, was that cover pretty.
I am definitely not saying that it was a bad book, but it just really didn't speak to me on any level at all. Maybe I'll give it another try someday (I do still own it).
So my questions for you Friday Coffee Chat readers are:
- Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
- Have you ever read a book you thought would just be horrible that you were pleasantly surprised after reading?
- If you have had these experiences, how did it change your book buying habits?
- Do you judge people less if you have read a book with a corny romance cover, or a super hot vampire girl/guy, someone with a cape on, or any other thing that you just initially turned your nose up at and ended up enjoying?
Also, remember to check out Girls Gone Reading's "Book Covers...Are They Art?" post. She has some really great covers on there!