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Offline Overlord

Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:07:09 PM »
I know they say; 'Never judge a book by it's cover' but how many of you do?

I certainly do... I know it is wrong but I do. I knew looking at 'The Black magician Trilogy' or 'The Night Angel Trilogy' for example they were going to be cool. I don't know about you guys, but the guys doing the covers seem to really catch the story perfect these days... :)

As a little extra, what is your favourite book cover?
Mine is probably 'The Name of the Wind' just for its coolness ;)
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Offline Malkier

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011, 03:17:51 PM »
Personally, I won't disregard a book I know because of a bad cover, but I might buy a book I don't because of a good cover. For example, if Pat Rothfuss's Wise Man's Fear had a horrible cover it would never stop me from buying it because I already know that it's going to be fantastic. But when I'm just perusing the library or a book store, I look for something that catches my eye. There are just too many books out there to pick up every one - you have to draw the line somehow!

Offline Noona

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011, 03:53:54 PM »
Yep, if a book catches my eye I will read the blurb and see if I'm interested, as far as I can remember I've only once bought a book on the strength of its cover art alone and that was when I was on holiday and needed a book but had only a few minutes to go into the bookshop! The book in question did have a dragon on the cover though, which probably is a good sign.
Generally I do buy books, when not on recommendation or prior interest, because a cover has caught my eye and then the blurb sounds interesting. I think whoever did the cover art for The Name of the Wind did an extremely good job because I too saw it out of the corner of my eye and then read the extract on the back and had to pick it up - I probably wouldn't have if it wasn't displayed on a table in the bookshop.


Offline redhead

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011, 04:00:45 PM »
Personally, I won't disregard a book I know because of a bad cover, but I might buy a book I don't because of a good cover. For example, if Pat Rothfuss's Wise Man's Fear had a horrible cover it would never stop me from buying it because I already know that it's going to be fantastic. But when I'm just perusing the library or a book store, I look for something that catches my eye. There are just too many books out there to pick up every one - you have to draw the line somehow!

that's pretty much my answer to a T!

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Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2011, 04:33:38 PM »
I love cover art!  I love art in general, but it's always interesting to see how a book's story can be told in a single picture. :)  I saw this news video in December about famous cover art.  It's a little long (8 minutes or so), but it's really interesting!

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7165161n

I think my favorite cover art is from my first copy of the The Two Towers. :)  I tried to find a good pic of it online, but there are soooo many Tolkien covers!  So I scanned my copy in.  It's a little rough as I kind of read it to death before I bought another copy. XD

http://www.flickr.com/photos/autumn2may/5372520975/

Some of the older Tolkien covers are pretty awesome too!

Offline ChristinaJL

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2011, 04:48:47 PM »
A good cover will certainly entice me!!   ;D  Although having said that, I'll also buy a book with a bad cover but good reviews.

ETA - probably the best covers are the night angel trilogy, simple but effective.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2011, 04:51:50 PM by ChristinaJL »

Offline Dan D Jones

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2011, 05:58:17 PM »
I think most of us are in agreement.  A bad cover isn't going to stop me from buying a book that I'm interested in.  It may, however, not catch my eye such that I never bother to read the blurb and thus never realize it's something that I might like.  Similarly, a good cover might catch my eye and cause me to give a book a closer look, but it's not going to convince me to buy it if the blurb or the first couple of paragraphs don't sound interesting.

Offline Blodeuedd

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2011, 09:35:31 PM »
I love covers! Trust me I am such a cover lover. Ok so it wont stop me from buying a book, but in the bookstore, yes it might not make me pick up a book. Then again my bookstore has 1 fantasy book so that wont happen  ::)
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Offline Malkier

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2011, 10:47:21 PM »
Also, to a lessor degree, but in the same vein - I'd say that Book Title can be a key influence as well. I'm a sucker for a really poetic or well worded title.

Offline kcmay

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2011, 11:22:37 PM »
I've bought books based solely on their covers without even reading the blurb!  :D  Mostly, I sample on my Kindle first, but if the artwork is THAT good, I'm there!
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Offline Tiffany Kysis Tackett

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2011, 03:25:31 AM »
If a book has a cover that is absolutely terrible, that I would not want to be seen with riding the bus across town, I won't even bother to read the back blurb.  I know, I know, it's horrible, but some covers I just cannot do.

Quite frankly, when I first saw The Name of the Wind, I thought it had a bad cover and that the name sounded pretty corny.  It wasn't until I was researching first time authors published by DAW that the book caught my attention.  I read a blurb, and just had to get it (mostly because truename magic in D&D is awesome).

However, I have picked up books that had an interesting cover, and gotten it because it looked interesting.  And was greatly disappointed.  Perhaps that's one of the reasons why I need a million recommendations for a fantasy book before I bother picking it up these days.

Offline missoularedhead

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2011, 07:41:03 AM »
I will not by a cover that looks something like this:  http://orionwell.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/on-the-prowl-female-urban-fantasy.jpg.  Seriously, half naked women with tattoos, moodily lit and (usually) with a weapon in her hand make me think one thing:  well, that sucks.  I know that some books don't (in fact, there's a stand alone fantasy novel with almost exactly that cover that's not bad, about Ragnarok and averting it…wish I could remember the title -- that wasn't half bad).  It may be too bad -- I'm sure there's good books I missed because I have an aversion to such covers!

Favorite fantasy book cover?  Damn, that's a tough one.  I can't think of just one, but the cover of 'Scar Night' was pretty cool, as was Empress.  But beyond that?  I'm often NOT sucked in by a cover…more often repelled.

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Offline Overlord

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2011, 08:40:11 AM »
I will not by a cover that looks something like this:  http://orionwell.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/on-the-prowl-female-urban-fantasy.jpg.  Seriously, half naked women with tattoos, moodily lit and (usually) with a weapon in her hand make me think one thing:  well, that sucks.  I know that some books don't (in fact, there's a stand alone fantasy novel with almost exactly that cover that's not bad, about Ragnarok and averting it…wish I could remember the title -- that wasn't half bad).  It may be too bad -- I'm sure there's good books I missed because I have an aversion to such covers!


LOL - I see those types of books in the discount store for £0.99 all the time these days - There are soooooooo many of those types of books out these days it is crazy. Sex + Warewolves or Sex + Vampires... surely people get bored of that mixture?
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Offline missoularedhead

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2011, 08:48:02 AM »
You'd think, but no.  I blame Twilight.
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Offline Overlord

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2011, 08:54:16 AM »
You'd think, but no.  I blame Twilight.

Agreed. There are some people who do it well though - Kelley Armstrong books are quite good - although they don't have those tacky covers and the stories are actually centred around paranormal stuff rather than the romance(sex) itself.
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