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Do you literally judge a book by its cover?

Do you literally judge a book by its cover? Topic: Pictures of writing a book
June 20, 2019 / By Makayla
Question: I have to admit that if a book doesn't have an interesting cover, I'd have a harder time picking it up than I would a book with a unique cover. When I was really young (I'm talking elementary school days), I would refuse to get books from a library if I didn't like the cover of a book. I'm better now, haha.
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Kiarra Kiarra | 10 days ago
Sort of. Actually, I'm not (and never have been) wary of books with plain covers... you know... the kind with a solid color and only the title and author's name on the spine or front...I'll pick them up any day... and yes, obviously a book with interesting cover art catches my attention... But I don't usually pick up a book that has a really cheesy looking cover (unless it is comedic in nature, of course). For example... any book with a picture of a young woman in a Victorian dress melting in the arms of a chiseled, muscular man is not worth picking up... unless I'm just going to flip through to random pages to see how often I hit a poorly written sex scene and giggle immaturely at it (my friends and I do this all the time... yes, we have no lives)
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Kiarra Originally Answered: Do you literally judge a book by its cover?
Sort of. Actually, I'm not (and never have been) wary of books with plain covers... you know... the kind with a solid color and only the title and author's name on the spine or front...I'll pick them up any day... and yes, obviously a book with interesting cover art catches my attention... But I don't usually pick up a book that has a really cheesy looking cover (unless it is comedic in nature, of course). For example... any book with a picture of a young woman in a Victorian dress melting in the arms of a chiseled, muscular man is not worth picking up... unless I'm just going to flip through to random pages to see how often I hit a poorly written sex scene and giggle immaturely at it (my friends and I do this all the time... yes, we have no lives)

Jakki Jakki
I think it's natural to judge a book by the cover, even if you don't intend to. When I walk into a bookstore and have a ton of books facing me on the New Releases section, I instantly pick up the ones whose cover draws me in. Then I read the back of it (or the flap) and see if it's interesting, which is a 50/50 thing most times. If I have time to linger around, I'll end up looking at some with "less impressive" covers (in my opinion) and some of them sound really good. Most times when I go into a bookstore, I don't have an idea what most books are about (unless there's been a lot of hype, internet ads, or word of mouth). You've gotta start somewhere, and I think a book's cover is a good start, even if it's not really "fair."
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Enya Enya
Sometimes. A really pretty or interesting cover often catches my eye and makes it more likely that I'll pick it up to read the summary. It's certainly not the only way I come across new books, but it is a factor. On the other hand, several of the books I picked up recently have really unattractive covers. The books have been very enjoyable, but the covers were just ugly.
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Cimone Cimone
Sarah, There’s a old saying, “never judge a book by its cover.” However, some publishers will not allow an author to create their own cover, and some will not accept the title the author has given it. I, too, like a good strong cover. I believe it’s one of the things that a reader looks for in a book, but some great stories have been passed up because of it. I look at both the cover and the back of the book (paperback) for the synopsis, (the flaps if it’s a hard cover book). I’m a horror writer at heart, but I do like a good mystery/suspense novel as well. James Patterson is my favorite for those. If the synopsis interests me, I’m in. PJ M
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Bab Bab
No. I used to look at the covers, but after reading I formed a completely different mental image of the characters/places than those portrayed on the cover, so I stopped doing it. It annoyed be beyond reason. Some books I pick up from charity shops are hardbacks that have lost their dust jackets and are just plain, but the stories are excellent.
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Abra Abra
Up to a point, yes, because despite the proverb, book covers do generally reflect the nature of a book's contents. For instance, there has never in history been a brilliant, well-written, critically-acclaimed, Booker Prize quality work of a literature that featured a fake-tanned, airbrushed, overly-muscular shirtless long-haired guy on the cover wielding a sword in one hand and clutching a simpering busty maiden to his chest with the other. Books that have those kind of covers have them for a reason, and it's to attract a certain kind of reader. Similarly, chick-lit about shopping and finding Mr Right won't, generally, have a black cover with huge silver lettering. A horror novel won't feature a cover in pastel colours with a young couple embracing in soft-focus. I'm not saying that you can necessarily tell a good genre novel from a bad one by the cover - for instance, both good and bad horror novels, for instance, don't tend to display much difference in their covers - but you can at least tell what genre the book is. If a book has a white cover with a black and white photo of a mournful, wide-eyed, waif-like child on it and a title like "Daddy, Please Don't" then I know it's going to be some god-awful misery memoir which I've got no interest in reading. Everyone, whether they like it or not, judges books to a certain degree by their covers. That's why publishers will occasionally bring out classics with modern covers to draw in new readers. For instance, one publisher reissued all Jane Austen's novels with girly pink covers with cutesy lettering to make them look like modern chick-lit romances, so they'd attract younger female readers who like chick-lit but don't usually read classics and were put off by the more 'classic' style Regency-painting type covers that Austen's novels have traditionally had.
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Sybald Sybald
I do! I hate books that look boring, those are always the first ones I put down and walk away but I know I shouldn't because I ended up loving a book that would of never picked up because of it's cover
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Patsy Patsy
To a certain extend I do. If the book just looks out-right unappealing I will not pick it up to read the blurb. Publishing houses, especially in recent years, are beginning to invest heavily in cover design that will catch the eye of the target audience. It depends upon what exactly I am looking for though, if I am just plain-old browsing and a book looks unappealing I will not pick it up, but if I am looking for a specific "type" of book, such as a Poetry Anthology, then I will take my time to read through excerpts of each specific book within that category.
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Lorn Lorn
Well, yeah the books cover does have to intrigue me otherwise i wont pick it up...but when i look at books i look at the picture and colours on the cover, the size of the book, and especially the title. If the title sounds interesting then i pick up the book and read the blurb, just like if the front cover catches my eye, i read the blurb and then decide whether or not to read it. If the books cover and title catch my eye but when i read the blurb it sounds boring, then i put it back and look at other books. =)
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Lorn Originally Answered: How can I state this to the judge?
well, I think besides a lawyer, you also need someone to teach you to budget and to maybe cut back on spending too much. Your question and your case is very complex but I do not know all the answers. I was a single Mom and I lived wit my parents and I did without a lot of luxuries. It sounds like you want a lot of things in life and for your kids too. You cannot have your cake and eat it too-that is an old saying. We cannot have it all. Sorry!

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