If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?
Most of the books I have read have drawn me in by their book covers. Or at least that is how I get interested in different authors. After I have decided that I like the story an author is writing, I will usually get whatever their next book is, regardless of the book cover. However, not all the authors I read are series writers, so this is not true for everything I read.
The title of the book and its cover art are important. If the art is mediocre and I am not familiar with the artist, then I might pass it by. If the art is intriguing and the title interests me, then I will investigate further. This means I will pick up the book and read the description on the back or inside the front cover. If I like what I read there, then I will get the book. If not, well, it depends on my mood. If I am looking for something different because my regular authors do not have anything new to read, then I might try it. Otherwise, I move on and wait. And there is the odd occasion where I decide to get a book after I have seen the movie it is based on. Such is the case of my current favorite book.
Rewind to late summer of 2009. I went to a movie with a former co-worker. “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I enjoyed the movie and the company. I learned shortly thereafter that the movie was based on a book and was intrigued. I worked at Target at the time, so finding the book was not difficult, especially since the movie was in theaters. The cover art was nothing extraordinary. It showed a girl’s legs complete with school uniform, white socks, and black dress shoes next to a pile of folded clothes that clearly belonged the an adult male. I did skim the back, but I had already decided I was going to get the book. If anyone has seen both book and movie, then they know there are extreme differences between the two. The book is much more in-depth and builds on the different characters and their backgrounds. However, I still enjoy the movie. Would I have picked up the book had I simply seen it on the shelf? Apparently not, since the book was out for some time before I got around to finding it.
Of course, this book was not in my usual genres, so I doubt I was in the sections were this book was found prior to the movie coming out. This is why I do not mind that books are made into movies, even if the movies are hit and miss on how well they represent the book.