Meredith is a book cover savant (or so she thinks. ) She professes to be able to determine the genre, readability and entertainment value of a book, as well as offering suggestions for similar authors, merely with a single glance at its cover.
While I’m not quite as switched on as Meredith (in oh, so many ways), I do find myself generalising from the covers. Soft focus images in pastels? Maeve Binchy wannabe immediately springs to mind. Period costume close-up from neck to waist? Phillipa Gregory type historical romance.
I get particularly annoyed when a cover leads me astray. A bold cover with a caricature of young urban professional (in killer heels, of course) implies chick lit, not meaning of life stuff.
Are there any cover styles that put you off? I read Tully by Paullina Simons many years ago and didn’t like it at all. Now I tend to avoid covers with close ups of a woman’s face positioned so that you can only see half of it. Now that I write that description out, maybe I just avoid them because that really does sound rather creepy.
How swayed are you by the cover design? Are you a book cover savant like Meredith? Are there cover styles you particularly avoid or can’t resist? What books have you read where you felt the cover misled you? Comment below and share your cover traumas and triumphs with us.by