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Title: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Overlord 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 ;)
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Malkier 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!
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Noona 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.

Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: redhead 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!
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Autumn2May 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!
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: ChristinaJL 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.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Dan D Jones 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.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Blodeuedd 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  ::)
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Malkier 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.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: kcmay 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!
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Tiffany Kysis Tackett 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.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: missoularedhead 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 (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.

Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Overlord 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 (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?
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: missoularedhead on January 21, 2011, 08:48:02 AM
You'd think, but no.  I blame Twilight.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Overlord 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.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Blodeuedd on January 21, 2011, 09:06:47 AM
 ::)
Hm, I actually like the UF covers, they are kick-ass, and most those are very UF so not much vamp sex there, mostly they go around kick some ass. The paranormal covers on the other hand, yeesh, they are another story. lots half-nekkid men out  there
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Autumn2May on January 21, 2011, 02:20:15 PM
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.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: ganstream1 on January 21, 2011, 04:46:12 PM
I love good covers.

I buy a book based solely on the covers if I'm desperate to read something new but can't peek inside.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Overlord on January 21, 2011, 06:39:48 PM
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.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

Sorry... It would be a flat out lie if I said you are forgiven... ;P
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Bryndled1 on January 21, 2011, 07:12:52 PM
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.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

How do you think I feel I live 30 minutes away from Forks, WA
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Autumn2May on January 21, 2011, 07:20:54 PM
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.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

How do you think I feel I live 30 minutes away from Forks, WA

Ouch!  That must be...umm...fun.  ;D  One of my friends lives out that way and she and her sister went on a tour of the town.  ::gag::  I feel REALLY bad for anyone that actually lives there!  Maybe it should be a rule that authors have to make up small towns so this kind of thing doesn't happen again. :)
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Autumn2May on January 21, 2011, 07:21:46 PM
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.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

Sorry... It would be a flat out lie if I said you are forgiven... ;P

I understand completely. :)
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Tiffany Kysis Tackett on January 22, 2011, 12:53:29 AM
Hahaha, please don't lump all Americans with Miss Twilight, because seriously, I feel dirty even typing that name. T_T

Hopefully we can give you enough good fiction to make up for that Mary Sue slop.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Funky Scarecrow on January 22, 2011, 01:47:26 AM
This is going to sound horribly shallow, but I can be seriously put off by a hideous cover. I thoroughly enjoyed James Barclay's Raven novels, but those first hardback covers... Hoooooooooooo BOY! Those were some seriously awful pieces of cover art (see an example here (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/james-barclay/dawnthief.htm)). I didn't end up buying any of them until the covers were revamped in the paperback release.

As for my favourite cover? I honestly can't say, since I only truly notice the ugly ones. Sad, but true.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: michaelramm on January 22, 2011, 04:46:01 AM
I can say that I have never turned down a book by its cover, but covers have influenced me to purchase some book. I cannot remember any now, but I used to have a lot of bad scifi covered book, before I donated them all to my library when I moved. A lot of them were good stories.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: jswinds on January 22, 2011, 08:16:50 AM
If I don't know what to get in advance, and i'm just browsing, the cover definitely lures me in. I would never have picked up Name Of The Wind, George Martin or Joe Abercrombie when I did if it were not for the covers.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: frankiehunter on January 22, 2011, 10:27:18 AM
I love good coverart too, as many here, but I can't remind if I every bought a book, because the cover was so nice, nor didn't buy it because the cover was awful...
and now... with my e-books I don't look at them anymore!
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Bryndled1 on January 24, 2011, 04:17:10 PM
Can I just say that the cover art of Darrell K Sweet is bad? very bad. all of his people look like trolls, and his women are UGLY, unfortunately he gets all the covers of some of my favorite fantasy.

Wheel of time
Xanth
Runelords

for the love of god somebody smack him with a talent stick, or let the fans do it...Ive seen some spectacular fan art
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: missoularedhead on January 25, 2011, 08:32:20 AM
Oh, he's the guy who did the original covers on the Riddlemaster of Hed series…yes, SOOO bad.  And yeah, his women all look like Angelina Jolie had plastic surgery to look like Barbie.  Give me those horrible tramp stamped leather clad dark alley covers over that! 
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: TankSpill on January 27, 2011, 03:54:53 PM
I originally picked up The Dragonbone Chair in 1990 or so based on the Michael Whelan cover.   That book is part of what is now my favorite fantasy series.  I also picked up the Steven Brust books the first time based on the cover of Jhereg.  And recently (as in, just 2 weeks ago), I picked up and read Boneshaker by Cherie Priest just based on the cover.  I don't mind doing that.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: pornokitsch on January 27, 2011, 05:10:50 PM
A good cover can lure me in. A bad cover will require a pretty good recommendation to overcome it. I personally shy away from anything with corsets and/or hooded men at this point... :)
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Overlord on January 27, 2011, 07:23:10 PM
A good cover can lure me in. A bad cover will require a pretty good recommendation to overcome it. I personally shy away from anything with corsets and/or hooded men at this point... :)

Ah... See... Hooded Man on cover pretty much guarantees my money these days - lol. Painted Man, Name of the Wind, Night Angel Trilogy... all in my collection :D
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: AJZaethe on January 27, 2011, 07:52:24 PM
I judge books by their covers.  I know I shouldn't but I do, but after i judge them worthy enough to be picked up, I jump to the middle of the book and read an excerpt of description, flip a few pages, and then an excerpt of dialogue.  If you pass both, I will buy you.  I do not read the beginning of the book to pull me, because as you and I both know, many authors spend most of their time trying t work up a good beginning and then fail!  They suck after the first some odd pages.

I almost forgot to say why I judge by cover.  I always say to my friends.  The best authors get the best artists.  Not always 100% true, but it has yet to proven that I am completely wrong.  For the most part, it is right, from what I have read.

Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Eclipse on December 11, 2018, 09:06:10 PM
(https://goo.gl/images/o2XTNc)

One for Bradley, thanks to @Jeni for showing me this novel via Goodreads.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18900678-lifting-the-lid


Did the image of cover work?
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: ScarletBea on December 11, 2018, 09:32:31 PM
 ;D

(https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1440018478l/18900678.jpg)
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: SleeplessCT on December 13, 2018, 09:45:02 AM
I don't buy a book by its cover, but I don't buy a book by its cover  :P
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: JMack on December 13, 2018, 12:48:14 PM
I don't buy a book by its cover, but I don't buy a book by its cover  :P

Excellent statement.
And true except for the exceptions.
I’m looking at you, Wheel of Time series.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: Vizhigoth on December 13, 2018, 03:48:15 PM
The cover has no importance to me at all - why care, I hardly ever see it. The spine though... ahhh, that's a different matter. That can sway me.
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 13, 2018, 11:24:52 PM
;D

(https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1440018478l/18900678.jpg)

Haha thanks @Eclipse ! Clearly someone is stealing my niche. Now I'm going to have to find something even less desirable than toilets to write about....

PS-- this actually looks very entertaining in a Gonzo Tom Robbins sort of way. Are you planning on reading it?
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 13, 2018, 11:27:57 PM
Double-post re: the OP.

A good book cover can draw me in but 99% of fantasy books in the US have awful covers so the vast majority of the time I read a book *in spite of its cover*.

Actually after reading the back copy and a few pages of books with good covers I have very frequently put them down so perhaps covers don't really matter for me after all...
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: SleeplessCT on December 15, 2018, 05:30:23 PM
I don't buy a book by its cover, but I don't buy a book by its cover  :P

Excellent statement.
And true except for the exceptions.
I’m looking at you, Wheel of Time series.

Fortunately, with most hardcover books you can take the paper cover off and under that it's basically monocolor  ;D
Title: Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
Post by: ArhiX on December 15, 2018, 08:47:07 PM
Cover of the last book lured me to read Malazan. And English cover of "Dark Defiles" of "Land fit for heroes" makes me want to buy them in english version (cover from my country is really really bad).